PTSD is an anxiety disorder that some people get after
seeing or living through a dangerous event.
When in danger, it’s natural to feel afraid. This fear triggers
many split-second changes in the body to prepare
to defend against the danger or to avoid it. This “fight-or-flight” response is a
healthy reaction meant to protect a person from harm. But in PTSD, this reaction
is changed or damaged. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened
even when they’re no longer in danger.
Table of Contents
What is post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD?
Who gets PTSD?
What are the symptoms of PTSD?
Do children react differently than adults?
How is PTSD detected?
Why do some people get PTSD and other people do not?
How is PTSD treated?
Treatment after mass trauma
What efforts are under way to improve the detection
and treatment of PTSD?
How can I help a friend or relative who has PTSD?
How can I help myself?
Where can I go for help?
What if I or someone I know is in crisis?
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