What is PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as battle fatigue or shell shock, is a form of anxiety triggered by a past traumatic event. Typically, people who develop PTSD witness or experience events that cause horror, fear, or helplessness.
However, regular trauma doesn’t always cause this disorder. Most people with PTSD cannot recover from symptoms or develop effective coping methods for their trauma. In addition, their symptoms usually worsen over time and severely interfere with their lives.
PTSD does not only affect war survivors or military veterans either. Anyone who experiences rape, violence, abuse, a natural disaster, or other traumatic event is at risk for PTSD.