Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
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A century ago, World War I veterans returned home from war with a condition called “shell shock.” World War II veterans suffered from “combat fatigue.” We now refer to the disorder as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but we also understand that anyone who has experienced a significant trauma can develop PTSD.
Those traumas include surviving a natural disaster, a serious car accident, terrorist attack or mass shooting, as well as a violent personal assault, such as rape. In fact, more women are diagnosed with PTSD than men.
Symptoms of PTSD fall into four broad categories: