A person experiences trauma when an unexpected and overwhelming loss or life-threatening event has happened to them or someone they care about. Trauma can come in the form of a physical trauma, like assault or injury, or a psychological one, like surviving abuse or war. People who survive major traumatic experiences but remain in emotional and psychological distress are deemed to have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
People with PTSD experience a distinct pattern of symptoms that develop in the aftermath of a traumatic event, with symptoms beginning shortly after the event, and possibly lasting for years. The symptoms include:
PTSD is treated using a combination of medication and therapy.
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