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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder that can develop after a traumatic event, such as a threat to life, a serious injury, sexual violence, or any type of abuse. When a person has PTSD, his or her condition can affect others around him or her, such as friends and family members. Friends and family can help by offering support and understanding.
Experiencing a traumatic event can cause some people to develop PTSD. Sometimes, PTSD can occur in people who hear about trauma that happens to a close family member or friend. PTSD can be present for anyone at any age.
If your loved one has other mental health problems, such as depression, alcohol abuse, or drug addiction, his or her treatment plan will include treatment for those conditions.
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If your loved one's symptoms are more intense or more frequent, the PTSD may be getting worse. If treatment does not seem to be helping symptoms, talk to your loved one's health care provider about a new treatment approach or added PTSD resources.
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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