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Just the FAQs | Post-traumatic Stress Syndrome Resources

Beautiful Lives by Susan is a site for people who suffer from or are affected by Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (formerly known as Post-traumatic Stress Disorder - it is not a disorder, it is event related). With this FAQs post, I hope to answer the basic questions you might have in your mind. Contact me with your inquiries about FAQs that you wish to be added to this post.

NIMH » Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) | PTSD is a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event.

It is natural to feel afraid during and after a traumatic situation. Fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to help defend against danger or to avoid it. This “fight-or-flight” response is a typical reaction meant to protect a person from harm. Nearly everyone will experience a range of reactions after trauma, yet most people recover from initial symptoms naturally. Those who continue to experience problems may be diagnosed with PTSD. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they are not in danger.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that's triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.

Most people who go through traumatic events may have temporary difficulty adjusting and coping, but with time and good self-care, they usually get better. If the symptoms get worse, last for months or even years, and interfere with your day-to-day functioning, you may have PTSD.

Getting effective treatment after PTSD symptoms develop can be critical to reduce symptoms and improve function.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder | Psychology Today

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychological reaction that occurs after an extremely stressful event, such as physical violence or military combat. Those suffering from PTSD have recurring memories of the stressful event and are anxious or scared even in the absence of danger. Flashbacks and nightmares are common symptoms as well.

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) | Anxiety and Depression Association of America, ADAA

Anxiety and Depression Association of America | It’s not unusual for people who have experienced traumatic events to have flashbacks, nightmares, or intrusive memories when something terrible happens — like the 9/11 terrorist attacks and those in cities around the world (Orlando and Paris, for example) or the bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon, or active combat.

Relationships and PTSD - PTSD: National Center for PTSD

Relationships and PTSD | Describes how trauma reactions can sometimes get in the way of closeness and connecting with others. Trauma survivors with PTSD may have trouble with their close family relationships or friendships. The symptoms of PTSD can cause problems with trust, closeness, communication, and problem solving. These problems may affect the way the survivor acts with others. In turn, the way a loved one responds to him or her affects the trauma survivor. A circular pattern can develop that may sometimes harm relationships.