Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a strong and lasting emotional reaction to a very disturbing event, such as war, violent crime, or a natural disaster.
It's normal for such events to make you feel scared, confused, or angry for a while. But if these feelings don't go away or if they get worse, you may have PTSD. Symptoms include having nightmares or flashbacks about the event, not being able to feel or express emotions toward loved ones, and being easily angered or "on edge."
PTSD can make it very hard for you to deal with life, your job, or your family and friends. Treatment with counselling and medicines can help.
Current as of: June 16, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Donald Sproule MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Jessica Hamblen PhD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder