Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
According to the National Library of Medicine, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an illness acquired after living through or seeing a traumatic event, such as war, a hurricane, rape, physical abuse, or a bad accident. PTSD makes the victim feel stressed and afraid after the danger is over.
PTSD can cause problems like
- Flashbacks, or feeling like the event is happening again
- Trouble sleeping or nightmares
- Feeling alone
- Angry outbursts
- Feeling worried, guilty or sad
Signs of PTSD may start soon after a frightening event and then continue. Other people develop new or more severe signs months or even years later.