What  Is  PTSD?

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a severe anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to any event which results in psychological trauma. The event(s) may involve the threat of death to you, or to someone else, or to your own (or someone else’s) physical, sexual or psychological safety. It overwhelms the person’s ability to cope, and lasts longer than a month.

Diagnostic symptoms include: re-experiencing the original trauma(s) through flashbacks or nightmares, depression, the inability to feel certain feelings, and avoidance of stimuli associated with trauma. An additional symptom is increased agitation, such as difficulty falling or staying asleep, anger, and hyper-vigilance.

It causes impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning in life. It may be felt immediately, or come on later, after a delayed period of time. It produces intense negative feelings of fear, horror or helplessness. The causes of PTSD include any severely traumatic event such as:


Domestic Abuse/Violence


Death/Loss of Loved One

Natural Disaster


Prison Stay






Job Loss

It is estimated that 20%-30% of returning veterans have some symptoms of PTSD. The causes of PTSD in children include witnessing or experiencing the following: 



Parents with PTSD

Alcohol/Drug Abuse

Foster Care


Physical/Emotional or Sexual Abuse

Police, Firefighters, EMS and Disaster Relief workers also get PTSD.