Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD as it is commonly known is a form of anxiety that can develop following exposure to one or more traumatic events. Most people who experience a traumatic event will not develop PTSD. PTSD is distinguished from general anxiety by symptoms that include intrusive thoughts/flashbacks/dreams of the traumatic event(s) which are accompanied feelings of severe anxiety.
Individuals with a diagnosis of PTSD can respond extremely well to treatment. Treatment options include medication and psychotherapy. This Living with PTSD handout provides further information regarding PTSD and its treatment.
Ms. Niamh Allen, M.A. B.Sc.