ABOUT POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to a traumatic event or ordeal in which grave physical, psychological, or sexual harm occurred or was threatened. When in danger, it’s natural to feel afraid, and this fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to prepare to defend against the danger, or to avoid it. This “fight-or-flight” response is a healthy reaction meant to protect a person from harm. But in PTSD, this reaction is changed, damaged, and often over activated. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they’re no longer in danger.

PEOPLE WITH PTSD TEND TO EXPERIENCE:

Sleeping problems, including bad dreams; Avoiding places, events, or objects that are reminders of the experience; Strong feelings of guilt, depression, or worry; Loss of interest in activities that were enjoyable in the past; Feelings of detachment or numbness; Being easily startled.

EXPLORE MORE

Article

The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook

Glenn R. Schiraldi (March 5, 2009)

Article

Shock Waves

Cynthia Orange (June 2, 2010)

Book

Once a Warrior, Always a Warrior

Charles W. Hoge (February 23, 2010)

Book

The Things They Carried

Tim O’Brien (October 13, 2009)

Memoir

No Comfort Zone

Marla Handy (December 6, 2010)

Memoir

Until Tuesday

Luis Carlos Montalván (May 3, 2011)

Journal

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

National Institute Of Mental Health (March 4, 2012)

Lecture

What’s so funny about mental illness?

Ruby Wax (2012)

Podcast

The Mental Illness Happy Hour

(2018)

Podcast

Mentally Ch(ill)

Kristen Carney + Stevie Ryan

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