Post-traumatic stress disorder, short PTSD, is a medical condition caused by experiencing or witnessing a specific event. The event is typically so terrifying that it ‘sears’ itself into the victim’s memory, inducing symptoms like flashbacks, nightmares, and general anxiety that can affect how they live their lives.
PTSD is common among military veterans, with up to 20% of veterans with an active service record experiencing at least some of its symptoms. But its causes range far beyond military service, including anything from vehicle accidents to work events, health problems like a traumatic emergency room visit, physical or sexual assault, childhood abuse, and more.
The key to healing is effective PTSD treatment. With the proper medical steps, the condition can fade away as victims begin to learn how to adjust and cope with the event in question. Untreated, victims can spiral into deeper symptoms and depression, even leading to suicide in some cases.