Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder 2020-07-29T16:03:29+00:00

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that can develop after a person is exposed to a traumatic event, such as sexual assault, warfare, traffic collisions, or other threats on a person’s life.  Symptoms may include disturbing thoughts, feelings, or dreams related to the events, mental or physical distress to trauma-related cues, attempts to avoid trauma-related cues, alterations in how a person thinks and feels, and an increase in the fight-or-flight response.  These symptoms last for more than a month after the event.  Young children are less likely to show distress, but instead may express their memories through play.  A person with PTSD is at a higher risk for suicide and intentional self-harm.

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