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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that occurs after a person experiences a traumatic event. Everyone copes in their own way, so a traumatic event such as violence, war or a natural disaster can cause PTSD in one person and not another. PTSD symptoms may also vary from one person to the next depending on the impact of the trauma.

PTSD is a lasting, lingering consequence of a traumatic event. Symptoms often imitate other anxiety disorders, leaving a person unable to live a healthy life. PTSD is caused by intense fear, helplessness, or horror. People commonly experience PTSD after violence, assault, abuse, an accident, a natural disaster, or even after a loved one is harmed or in danger.