Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder you might develop after a serious and frightening experience such as violence or war. The condition was first recognised in war veterans, but a wide range of traumatic experiences can cause PTSD.

Overview of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

This section provides information about PTSD. How it is diagnosed, possible causes and where to get further information and support.

  • You might develop PTSD after a traumatic experience such as an assault, accident or natural disaster
  • Symptoms can include having traumatic memories or dreams, avoiding things that remind you of the event, not being able to sleep and feeling anxious. You may feel isolated and withdrawn
  • Many people have some symptoms of trauma after a traumatic event. But for most people these go away with time and do not develop into PTSD
  • PTSD can be treated with therapy

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