Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that is triggered by an event that has either been experienced or witnessed that was terrifying. In many cases, people who have gone through traumatic events have a difficult time adjusting and coping for awhile, but do not have PTSD – with the passing of time and nurturing, they usually are able to overcome their traumatic experience. However, if symptoms persist for months or years and begin to interfere with day to day functioning, you may be suffering from PTSD.
Symptoms can vary in intensity and timing. Some may feel stressed most of the time, while others may be triggered by a news report or reminder of a traumatic event.
Post-traumatic stress disorder treatment is critical in order to reduce the symptoms of PTSD and improve daily functioning. If you have disturbing thoughts and feelings about a traumatic event for more than a month, if they’re severe, or if you feel you’re having trouble getting your life back under control, talk to your health care professional. Seek treatment as early as possible to prevent symptoms from worsening.