Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of a traumatic event, such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or physical or sexual assault in adult or childhood. PTSD is a real problem and can happen at any age. If you have PTSD, you are not alone. It affects nearly eight million American adults.
For many people, symptoms begin right away after the trauma happens. For others, the symptoms may not begin or may not become a problem until years later. Symptoms may include:
- Physical symptoms such as chronic pain, headaches, stomach pain, diarrhea, tightness in the chest
- Problems of daily living such as problems functioning in your job, at school or in social situations
- Substance abuse
- Relationship problems
- Suicidal thoughts
If PTSD is affecting your family, consider contacting a mental health professional for individual, couples or family counseling. More serious cases may require inpatient hospitalization.
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