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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder


What is PTSD:

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition affecting individuals who have been exposed to or witnessed a life-threatening situation and who then develop an anxiety disorder following the traumatic event. The individual is unable to return to daily tasks even after an adjustment period of up to two months. Individuals will experience anxiety attacks or disruptive thoughts when remembering a traumatic event. PTSD affects up to 5% of adolescents and 3.5% of adults. The prevalence of PTSD is higher among veterans and in certain occupations (e.g., police, firefighters, emergency medical professionals), with the highest rates experienced by those exposed to sexual traumas and military-related traumas.

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  • Auto accidents
  • Surviving extreme weather
  • Sexual assault
  • Physical assault
  • Animal attack
  • War
  • Flashbacks or nightmares of the trauma
  • Difficulty sleeping or restlessness
  • Being on guard
  • Easily startled
  • Avoidance of people, places, or objects
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