This section has information about the symptoms and causes of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It says who might get PTSD and what treatment is available.
- You may get post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after a traumatic experience like a serious assault, road traffic accident or natural disaster.
- Symptoms include having traumatic memories or dreams, avoiding things that remind you of the event, not being able to sleep and feeling anxious. You may feel isolated and withdrawn.
- Many people have some symptoms of trauma after a traumatic event. But for most people these go away with time and do not develop into PTSD.
- If you have PTSD, your doctor should offer you therapy. They might suggest medication, but this is not a standard treatment.
This section covers:
- What is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?
- What are the symptoms of PTSD and how is it diagnosed?
- What types of trauma illnesses are there?
- What causes PTSD?
- How is PTSD treated?
- What treatment should my doctor offer me?
- What can I do if I am not happy with my treatment?
- What self-care and management skills can I try?
- What risks are associated with PTSD?
- Information for carers, friends and relatives
- Useful contacts
These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Created in January 2016. Next review January 2019.
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