Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition in which an individual re-lives a traumatic experience that they experienced or witnessed. This typical occurs through recurrent memories, nightmares, or flashbacks of the event. PTSD is diagnosed once distress lasts well beyond a typical adjustment period after a traumatic event. Symptoms typically show up approximately one month after the event but may not show up for several months or even years. PTSD can interfere with ability to function normally due to subsequent emotional disturbances, fear of encountering triggers associated with the trauma, and intense anxiety. People with PTSD may feel startled easier than they used to, appear more guarded or suspicious, avoid certain places or people, have difficulty sleeping or concentrating, and may become depressed. PTSD is serious and requires treatment. This may include medication to treat nightmares, flashbacks, or emotional disturbances associated with the disorder, as well as group and individual psychotherapy.
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