What is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder which can develop following an extremely frightening or traumatic experience such as:

  • Natural disasters
  • War
  • Terrorist attacks
  • Serious accidents
  • Seeing someone die
  • Witnessing violence

PTSD often makes people re-live the event, which causes distress and difficulty in your day-to-day life. Symptoms can be triggered by seeing, hearing or smelling something that reminds you of the trauma.

Not everyone who experiences trauma will develop PTSD.

If you have PTSD, your doctor should offer you therapy. Medication can be suggested if you need extra support to access therapy, or if you don’t want therapy.

You are likely to recover from PTSD.

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