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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, is an anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal in which grave physical harm occurred or was threatened.

One event which can trigger PTSD is living through a life threatening health condition.

Some of the symptoms associated with PTSD include:

  • Reliving the trauma over and over, including physical symptoms like a racing heart or sweating.
  • Feeling emotionally numb
  • Feeling strong guilt, depression, or worry
  • Losing interest in activities that were enjoyable in the past
  • Having trouble remembering the dangerous event.
  • Feeling tense or "on edge"
  • Having difficulty sleeping, and/or having angry outbursts.

People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they're no longer in danger or fixated on the event. For information about coping with stress or fear, see the documents in "To Learn More."


For help dealing with PTSD, contact a mental health professional.  For information about the various types of mental health professionals, click here. For information about how to choose one, click here.

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