Post traumatic stress disorder, abbreviated PTSD, is a mental health disorder that can happen when a person has difficulty recovering from a traumatic experience. When you think of PTSD, you might associate it with people in the military who go to war and risk their lives to defend our country, but PTSD can happen to non-military people and to people of all ages and backgrounds.
Traumatic experiences that can lead to a person developing PTSD can be events like:
A person can develop PTSD if they directly experience a traumatic event, meaning that the trauma happens directly to them. However, sometimes, witnessing the event or hearing about a traumatic event happening to someone else, like a family member or a friend, can cause someone to develop PTSD.
It’s normal to feel afraid, nervous, or sad after going through a traumatic event, but if a person continues to have problems—and experience PTSD symptoms—for more than 1 month after the traumatic event happened, then this indicates that the person may have PTSD.
Signs or symptoms of PTSD include:
PTSD is a condition that can affect your ability to focus on school, study, and have healthy relationships with other people if it’s left untreated. There are many different treatments that can help people with PTSD heal and recover, such as medications and counseling.