What is PTSD?

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can develop after you have experienced a traumatic event or a series of traumatic events. An event that causes PTSD will be one that is so frightening it makes you think that your own life or the life of someone else is in danger. Anyone who has been through such an event can develop PTSD.

Traumatic events can include:
  • Serious car accidents
  • Sexual or physical assault
  • Natural disasters such as fire, earthquakes, hurricanes or floods
  • Witnessing someone else being badly hurt or killed
  • Robbery
  • Combat or military exposure

After such events it is normal to feel distressed, frightened or angry. It is also not unusual to have symptoms of PTSD such as sleep disturbance and flashbacks. However, if these symptoms do not fade within a few months and you are finding it hard to function in your daily life, then you may have PTSD.