What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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What is post-traumatic stress disorder?

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a psychological condition that people who have been through particularly aggressive, violent, or stressful situations suffer from.  It can occur by living or fighting in a war zone.  It can be caused by n accident, an earthquake, being the victim of a robbery, being tortured, living in a dangerous neighborhood,  or any other situation that exposes the victim to extreme stress and danger.

How do people with post-traumatic stress disorder act?

People with post-traumatic stress disorder can act normally a lot of the time.  In stressful situations, the disorder can act up.  If the victim is exposed to any kind of danger or stress, the old feelings that were first initiated by the cause of the disorder can resurface.  Feelings such as hopelessness, stress, fear, and terror can resurface from time to time.  There may be recurring nightmares.  The victim may seek to isolate him or herself.  Constant anxiety is not uncommon.

How long does post-traumatic stress disorder last?

It depends on the victim and the events that led up to the post-traumatic stress disorder.  It can last weeks, months or years depending on how badly the victim was affected by those events in the past that led up to the disorder.  Therapy can help shorten the duration and degree of the disorder.  Talking with others and talking it out can help to allay some of the symptoms.  Time heals all wounds and it can help a lot for the victim to give him or herself time to overcome the stress.  It is important for the victim to be in a secure, non-threatening environment so that the disorder doesn’t come back or even worsen.

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