PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is a debilitating mental health condition triggered by either experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. People with PTSD often suffer from flashbacks, terrifying nightmares, severe anxiety, and other mental and physical symptoms.
It is typical to have difficulty coping with something traumatic. With time and self-care, these symptoms will eventually get better. However, with PTSD, these symptoms can last for months or even years and may only get worse as time goes on.
Anyone can develop PTSD after going through a traumatic event, either directly or indirectly (such as seeing it or hearing about it). Other than this, PTSD is a complex mix of the following factors:
Anyone of any age can develop PTSD, but the following factors can make a person more likely to develop it after a traumatic event:
Examples of traumatic events that can lead to the development of PTSD include the following:
PTSD symptoms can appear anywhere from within a month of the event to even years down the line. These symptoms often interfere with your personal and professional lives and can make it difficult to carry out everyday activities.
PTSD symptoms can be grouped into four types, but these subcategories are not mutually exclusive and symptoms can vary from person to person.