PTSD – A form of anxiety disorder. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is sometimes formed after someone has experienced a terrifying ordeal, usually where serious physical damage could or did occur to the person involved. A trigger of PTSD to occur include violent attacks on people e.g. muggings, rape, human-caused or natural disasters, and military combat.
Once someone has PTSD they often find it disabling. In terms of PTSD symptoms, those affected tend to re-experience the worst parts of their horrible past in the form of memory flashbacks and nightmares/ frightening thoughts.
Other symptoms of PTSD are numbness to emotions, depression, poor sleeping ability, anxiety, and outbursts of anger and general irritability. Powerful emotions of guilt are also common.
PTSD can affect any age, from children right through to the elderly. Symptoms are likely to show themselves within three months of a, particularly traumatic event. Once apparent, this illnesses duration and severity are variable, lasting from just six months to many years.
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