You’ve probably heard the term “PTSD” being thrown around on the news and you probably associate it with war veterans. Well, you’re almost there. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that people get after seeing or living through a traumatic experience. In most cases, the experience is so traumatic that the person’s sense of “fight or flight” has either been changed or damaged.

Who is affected by PTSD? War veterans, war survivors, survivors of physical and sexual abuse, people who have experienced accidents, disasters, sudden death of a loved one.

Symptoms? Here are some behaviors that are common among people who suffer from PTSD:

Flashbacks, bad dreams, frightening thoughts, being easily startled, feeling tense, difficulty sleeping; these cause problems in a person’s everyday life. Usually triggered by thoughts, feelings, words, objects or situations.

Avoiding places, emotionally numb, strong guilt, depression, worry, lose of interest, amnesia; these can cause change in a person’s daily routine.

Children can suffer from PTSD as well! Their symptoms include, bed wetting, forgetting how to talk, acting out scary events and being unusually clingy to a parent.

Now that you know a little about PTSD you might even notice these behavior in people around you. If you know of anyone exhibiting these behaviors visit the following websites for more information and contact a mental health professional

National Institute For Mental Health: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/index.shtml

National Center for PTSD: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/