Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an intense emotional and psychological response to a recent or past traumatic event. A traumatic event is life-threatening and very disturbing or stressful; PTSD can develop after a person has lived through or seen this kind of event, such as rape, a natural disaster, or war.
Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder include:
Treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder includes counseling and medicines, such as antidepressants and antianxiety medicines.
Last Revised: January 13, 2011
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Jessica Hamblen, PhD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
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