PTSD - Risks
What risks are associated with PTSD?
Alcohol and drug use
You might use drugs or alcohol to help you forget problems, or to help you to sleep. But drugs and alcohol are likely to make your symptoms worse in the long-term. Make sure you get help as soon as you can to stop things getting worse.
Depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts
PTSD may lead to depression, which can cause suicidal thoughts. There is a risk of getting other anxiety disorders like panic disorder or generalised anxiety.
Physical health issues
PTSD can give you physical symptoms such as dizziness and blurry vision during times of stress.
In the long-term, people with PTSD may get physical illnesses such as heart disease, high blood pressure and obesity.
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