Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that could develop after someone experiences a traumatic event. PTSD can develop following an event that could threaten your safety, or that may look like it could threaten your safety. Most people associate PTSD with rape and battle-scarred soldiers—and military combat is the most common cause in men—but any event (or series of events) that overwhelms you with feelings of hopelessness and helplessness can trigger PTSD, especially if the event feels unable to predict or something that you cannot control.
PTSD can affect people who personally experience an event, or those who see the event occur the event, or those who are on scene immediately after the traumatizing event, such as emergency personnel who are on the scene after the incident. PTSD can also result from surgery performed on children that are so young they don’t know what is happening to them, or any event that leaves you emotionally devastated or sad.
Some of the most common symptoms include, Intrusive thoughts recalling the traumatic event, nightmares, flashbacks, efforts to avoid feelings and thoughts that either remind you of the traumatic event or that make them remember similar feelings, feeling unattached or not able to connect with the people that you love, depression, hopelessness, feelings of guilt are all good indications of PTSD. New research shows that PTSD is not curable but there are prevention strategies to help relieve it.
How do you develop PTSD?
Is there a way to prevent PTSD?
How can you identify that someone has PTSD?