Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
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PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, is an anxiety problem that develops in some people after extremely traumatic events, such as combat, crime, an accident or natural disaster. People with PTSD may relive the event via intrusive memories, flashbacks and nightmares; avoid anything that reminds them of the trauma; and have anxious feelings they didn’t have before that are so intense their lives are disrupted. Anyone who has experienced these things has experienced a shock and, even if all ultimately escape danger, the people who lived through the event may feel like life “just isn’t the same anymore.”
Experiencing physical or emotional symptoms in response to a traumatic event is normal and is called a traumatic stress reaction. However, individuals with prolonged reactions that disrupt their daily functioning should consult with a trained and experienced mental health professional. Licensed professional counselors and other appropriate mental health providers help educate people about common responses to extreme stress. These professionals work with individuals affected by trauma to help them find constructive ways of dealing with the emotional impact.