Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Also called: PTSD
Have you lived through a scary or dangerous event? Do you have some of the following problems? Feeling like the event is happening again Trouble sleeping or nightmares Not feeling close to people Becoming easily angered Feeling guilty because others died when you lived If so, you might have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Events that might cause PTSD include rape , physical abuse , an airplane or car crash, war or others. For most people, PTSD starts about three months after the event. However, sometimes signs of PTSD show up years later. PTSD can happen to anyone, even children. Medicines can help you feel less afraid and tense. It might take a few weeks for them to work. Talking to a specially trained doctor or counselor also helps many people with PTSD. This is called talk therapy.