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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Affects Over Eight Million Americans

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of a traumatic event, such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or physical or sexual assault in adult or childhood. PTSD is a real problem and can happen at any age. If you have PTSD, you are not alone. It affects nearly eight million American adults.

For many people, symptoms begin right away after the trauma happens. For others, the symptoms may not begin or may not become a problem until years later.   Symptoms of PTSD may include:

Recovering from PTSD is an ongoing process and may require professional help such as psychotherapy and medication. But, there are healthy steps you can take to help you recover and stay well. The following steps can help alleviate symptoms:

If someone in your family has PTSD, it can be a hard time for family members, too. Your loved one with PTSD may have symptoms that interfere with your relationship and change family life. If your loved one has PTSD, you may also be coping with these difficult feelings:

If PTSD is affecting your family, consider contacting a mental health professional for individual, couples or family counseling. More serious cases may require inpatient hospitalization.


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