What is Posttraumatic Stress Disorder?
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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a potentially debilitating mental health disorder that results from a learned or experienced trauma. The anxiety could be caused by a range of stressful encounters such as a natural disaster, combat, threats of violence, or a significant accident.
The effects of PTSD tend to last longer than the “normal” symptoms that occur and diminish following a stressful experience. PTSD extends beyond mere days and weeks and also begins to affect all areas of life, from school and work to relationships with friends and family.
PTSD is the modern term for what was commonly known as “shell shock” in WWI and “combat fatigue” in WWII. However, it should be noted that PTSD does not affect military personnel only. Anyone – from child to adult – can develop PTSD. It is not uncommon to find PTSD in first responders – firefighters, police, and EMTs – who often find themselves in positions of extreme crisis and critical circumstances where lives are on the line.
We must note that PTSD is not a sign of weakness or a flaw in character. It is a serious disorder resulting from stressful situations that can have a devastating effect on both individuals and their families. PTSD can be treated successfully, however; and we look forward to helping you and your loved ones through the healing process.