Understanding PTSD

PTSD is a natural but sometimes debilitating reaction to events that cause extreme trauma.

They include, but are not limited to:

In combat, contributing stressors may include:

Three mechanisms typically may lead to the formation of PTSD are:

People—especially members of the armed forces— are often exposed to events that overwhelm them and make them feel powerless. Being afraid, and feeling you have no control over events can lead to long term conditions of anxiety and depression. The extent of the condition may vary based upon:

Long term reactions to such events are common, and may include avoiding situations that are reminders of the event, irritability, anxiety, depression, withdrawal, reliving the event, and nightmares.

A variety of therapies have been proven effective in the treatment of PTSD, and have helped millions of sufferers manage and control their illness.