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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder  





Posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a serious potentially debilitating condition that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a natural disaster, serious accident, terrorist incident, sudden death of a loved one, war, violent personal assault such as rape, or other life-threatening events. 


   Most people who experience such events recover from them, but people with PTSD continue to be severely depressed and anxious for months or even years following the event. Learn about PTSD symptoms. 

   Women are twice as likely to develop posttraumatic stress disorder as men, and children can also develop it. PTSD often occurs with depression, substance abuse, or other anxiety disorders. 


PTSD Counseling 


Facts About PTSD 


   7.7 million Americans age 18 and older have PTSD. 

   67 percent of people exposed to mass violence have been shown to develop PTSD, a higher rate than those exposed to natural disasters or other types of traumatic events. 

People who have experienced previous traumatic events run a higher risk of developing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, which is characterized by three main types of symptoms: 


   Re-experiencing the trauma through intrusive distressing recollections of the event, flashbacks, and nightmares. 

   Emotional numbness and avoidance of places, people, and activities that are reminders of the trauma. 

   Increased arousal such as difficulty sleeping and concentrating, feeling jumpy, and being easily irritated and angered. 


PTSD Treatments and Counseling 


The main treatments for people with PTSD are psychotherapy (often called talk therapy), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), medications, or a combination of all three.  Everyone is different, so a treatment that works for one person may not work for another. 


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