Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of a traumatic event. A traumatic event is a life-threatening event such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or physical or sexual assault in adult or childhood."(1)
PTSD affects about 7.7 million American adults in a given year, though the disorder can develop at any age including childhood. According to the VA, experts estimate that up to 20% of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans,up to 10% of Gulf War veterans, and up to 30% of Vietnam War veterans have experienced PTSD
Do I have PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms may start within three months of a traumatic event, but sometimes symptoms may not appear until years after the event. These symptoms cause significant problems in social or work situations and in relationships.
PTSD symptoms vary from Veteran to Veteran and are generally grouped into four types: intrusive memories, avoidance, negative changes in thinking and mood, or changes in emotional reactions. (2)
(1) PTSDUnited.org, via National Institutes of Health, Department of Veteran Affairs, and Sidran Institute
(2) Mayo Clinic, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, web, http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/post-traumatic-stress-disorder/basics/symptoms/con-20022540
(3) HelpGuide.org, What are the symptoms of PTSD in Veterans?, web, http://www.helpguide.org/articles/ptsd-trauma/ptsd-in-veterans.htm
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