What is Posttraumatic Stress Disorder?

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) begins in the aftermath of trauma. This trauma may be experienced directly as the victim, or indirectly as a witness or recipient of traumatic news. In both cases the trauma involves the actual or perceived threat of serious injury or death, and the reaction to it is intense fear, helplessness or horror.

PTSD may begin soon after trauma or there may be a delayed onset with symptoms only beginning 6 months or more after trauma.

Traumatic events can include, but are not limited to, the following:

Three groups of symptoms can be seen in people suffering from posttraumatic stress:

Treatment includes: