What Is PTSD?

What is it?

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), can occur after someone goes through, sees, or learns about a traumatic event like:

  • Combat exposure
  • Child sexual or physical abuse
  • Terrorist attack
  • Sexual/physical assault
  • Serious accident
  • Natural disaster

Most people have some stress-related reactions after a traumatic event. If your reactions don’t go away over time and they disrupt your life, you may have PTSD.

Click here for a whiteboard video on PTSD.


Where can I get reliable information about PTSD?

The VA has a National Center for PTSD dedicated to informing and educating about PTSD and PTSD resources. Click here to visit the VA PTSD website. Click here to download a VA booklet on PTSD basics.

How are spouses and families affected by PTSD?

PTSD can make somebody hard to be with. Living with someone who is easily startled, has nightmares, and often avoids social situations can take a toll on the most caring family. Early research on PTSD has shown the harmful impact of PTSD on families

Click here to visit the National Center for PTSD page on how families can be affected and how they can get the help they need as friends and caregivers.


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