Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (commonly abbreviated as “PTSD”) is an anxiety disorder which sometimes develops after someone has an emotionally damaging experience. It is common for people with PTSD to have been through a trauma such as a life-threatening hurricane, an explosion, or a similar event. People can also get Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after a fairly common happening such as a nasty divorce, a car crash, or the loss of a close friend.
People who have been through a war are considered by mental health specialists to be at high risk for developing PTSD. Some servicemen are offered preemptive mental health counseling to lower their risk of getting PTSD later on.
Many organizations provide information for citizens and soldiers about PTSD. This helps to spread awareness of the illness and to encourage people to pay attention to the signs that may appear in someone after he or she has had an emotionally influential experience. If the symptoms of PTSD are recognized relatively early on, the person will have a better chance of recovering. He or she will also be less likely to develop suicidal thoughts and tendencies, which are seen in a number of people who suffer from severe PTSD.
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