Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)Overview

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events.


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


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


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


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

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