What is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?
PTSD is a mental health condition. Mental health conditions are problems with the way you think and feel. Neurological conditions are problems with your brain, spine, or nervous system. Neurological conditions can sometimes lead to mental health problems.
What causes PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a type of anxiety disorder which you may develop after being involved in, or witnessing, traumatic events. The condition was first recognised in war veterans and has been known by a variety of names, such as ‘shell shock’. But it’s not only diagnosed in soldiers – a wide range of traumatic experiences can cause PTSD.
What are the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder?
“Symptoms of PTSD include:
“Reliving aspects of what happened. This can include vivid flashbacks
“Alertness or feeling on edge. This can include panicking when reminded of the trauma.
“Avoiding feelings or memories. This can include feeling emotionally numb or cut off from your feelings.”