Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terribly frightening, life-threatening, unsafe experience or event.

PTSD is believed to be caused by experiencing any of a wide range of circumstances which produces intense negative feelings of fear, helplessness or horror in the observer or participant. Sources of such feelings may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.

PTSD sufferers re-experience the traumatic event or events. They tend to avoid places, people, or other things that remind them of the event, and are keenly sensitive to normal life experiences.

Many people who go through traumatic events have difficulty adjusting and coping for a while. But with time and taking care of yourself, such traumatic reactions usually get better. In some cases, though, the symptoms can get worse or last for months or even years. Sometimes they may completely shake up your life. In a case such as this, you may have post-traumatic stress disorder

Getting treatment as soon as possible after post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms develop may prevent long-term post-traumatic stress disorder.