If you have gone through a traumatic experience, it is normal to feel lots of emotions about it. These can include distress, fear, helplessness, guilt, shame or anger. You may start to feel better later, but sometimes these feelings don’t go away. If the symptoms last for more than a month, you may have post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a common mental health condition that may occur as a response to experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. Examples of events might include military combat, natural disasters, terrorist attacks, car accidents, or childhood abuse or neglect. It can be treated successfully and many people recover from it.
PTSD is a real problem and can happen at any age. If you have PTSD, you are not alone. It affects over 14 million American adults (4.4% of the adult population) and many children, too, in any given year.