What Exactly is PTSD?

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After a trauma or life threatening event it is common to have upsetting memories of what happened, to have trouble sleeping, to feel jumpy, or to lose interest in things you used to enjoy. For some people these reactions do not go away on their own, or may even get worse over time. These people may have Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Read more about PTSD below.     

  • What is Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?
    Find out about the symptoms of PTSD and how they develop.
  • FAQs about PTSD
    Frequently asked questions about PTSD.
  • Treatment of PTSD
    Describes the treatments shown to be effective for PTSD and what you can expect from your therapist.
  • How common is PTSD?
    Find out how many people have PTSD and who is most likely to develop PTSD.
  • What can I do if I think I have PTSD?
    Learn what you can do if you think you have PTSD.
  • Helping a Family Member Who Has PTSD
    Ways you can help a loved one with PTSD and ways you can help yourself.

For more information visit the National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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