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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can occur after a traumatic event, such as a threat to life, a serious injury, sexual violence, or any type of abuse. Sometimes, PTSD can occur in people who hear about trauma that occurs to a close family member or friend. PTSD can happen to anyone at any age.
The condition may be caused by experiencing a traumatic event.
PTSD symptoms may start soon after a frightening event or months or years later. Symptoms last at least one month and tend to disrupt relationships, work, and daily activities. Symptoms of PTSD can be grouped into several categories.
Increased arousal symptoms
Negative mood and thoughts
PTSD is diagnosed through an assessment by a mental health professional. You will be asked questions about your symptoms.
If you have other mental health concerns, these conditions will also be treated.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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