Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, more often called PTSD, is a disorder that develops as a result of one or more traumatic experiences. A traumatic experience may involve physical danger, or an emotionally intense event, like the death of a child. Patients are often unaware of their condition before diagnosis, and they may notice the symptoms but attribute them to something other than traumatic events. Symptoms usually begin within three months of the initiating trauma. To qualify for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, an adult must experience core symptoms for at least a month.
- At least one avoidance symptom
- One or more re-experiencing symptoms
- At least two arousal and reactivity symptoms
- Two or more cognition and mood symptoms
PTSD affects about 3.6% of the U.S. adult population, and about 37% of them are classified as having symptoms. Women are more likely to experience PTSD than men. Symptoms usually begin within three months of an event but can sometimes appear years later.
Others may believe nothing can be done about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, but our experience confirms this is untrue. Several effective, evidence-based care methods are proven to offer relief. It takes time to recover from PTSD, but with the right help from a trauma-informed mental health program and some willingness, you or your loved one can get your life back.