Post traumatic stress disorder (or PTSD for short) is the name given to the psychological and physical problems that can sometimes follow particular threatening or distressing events. These events might include:
- a major disaster
- rape or sexual, physical or emotional abuse
- witnessing a violent death
- a serious accident
- traumatic childbirth
- other situations in which a person was very afraid, horrified, helpless, or felt that his or her life was in danger
The trauma can be a single event or a series of events taking place over many months or even years.
It is thought that about 80-90% of PTSD sufferers also have other problems, such as depression (which is quite common) and anxiety disorders. Some people start to use recreational drugs or alcohol as a way to cope, especially if they have had PTSD or experienced trauma for a long time.
Information taken from NICE Guidelines at www.nice.org.uk
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