Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)Causes

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop after a very stressful, frightening or distressing event, or after a prolonged traumatic experience.

overview

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental health condition caused by a traumatic experience.

symptoms

Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder include flashbacks, nightmares, feeling very anxious and difficulty sleeping.

causes

Any situation that a person finds traumatic can cause post-traumatic stress disorder. Examples include a road accident, an assault and childbirth.

treatments_overview

The main treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder are antidepressants and talking therapies.

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Next review due: 27/09/2021