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PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder)

PTSD is a posttraumatic stress reaction, which is a mental condition that you can develop if you have been exposed to violent or traumatic events.

What is PTSD?

PTSD arises as a delayed or prolonged reaction to an exceptional, threatening, or catastrophe-like event or situation, e.g. large-scale accidents, war, torture, assault, rape or death threats.

Symptoms

Typically, you will experience recurring episodes where you relive a situation again and again in flashbacks or in nightmares. Symptoms such as impaired sensitivity, emotional blunting, withdrawal from others, memory loss, trouble concentrating, joylessness, sadness, irritability, dyssomnia, anxiety and suicidal thoughts are characteristic for PTSD. 
If you are exposed to situations that remind you of the trauma, you can feel a strong discomfort and, try to avoid similar situations in the future.

The symptoms have to have started within six months of the traumatic event at the latest.

Treatment

You can treat your traumatic experiences and emotions with psychotherapy, where you talk about the situation and the details several times. Medicine has no effect on PTSD.

Find more information here:

National Institute of Mental Health (US)
Net Doctor (in Danish)


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