National PTSD Awareness Day
is a time to encourage everyone to raise public awareness of PTSD and effective treatments. Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a disorder that some people develop after experiencing a shocking, scary, or dangerous event.
It is natural to feel afraid during and after a traumatic situation. This fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to respond to danger and help a person avoid danger in the future. 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 will recover from those 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 no longer in danger.
Only a mental health or medical professional can diagnose PTSD. If you, a friend or family member went through a trauma and answer “yes” to at least three of the questions below, please consider a PTSD evaluation.