Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects about one in ten Canadians and seven to eight percent of the U.S. population. PTSD is a severe mental health condition caused by experiencing a traumatic event or series of events. PTSD can affect anyone but does not affect everyone who experiences trauma. For some people, after experiencing trauma, with self-care and as time passes, they get better. If the symptoms remain and get worse, lasting months or years and interfering with daily functioning, the reason might be PTSD.
Signs And Symptoms Of PTSD
PTSD symptoms can start immediately after experiencing the traumatic event, but for some people, the symptoms arise months or even years later, usually after experiencing an event that triggers memories of the traumatic event. Typically, PTSD symptoms begin within six months of experiencing the traumatic event. PTSD can seriously affect the daily functioning of sufferers and requires effective treatment to reduce symptoms and improve functioning. Seek medical attention if experiencing PTSD symptoms. There are four main groups of PTSD symptoms that vary over time and from person to person. These symptoms include having intrusive memories, avoidance, changes in physical and emotional reactions, and negative changes in thinking and mood.