Trauma and PTSD

What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that's triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Behavioral: agitation, irritability, hostility, hypervigilance, self-destructive behavior, or social isolation

  • Psychological: flashback, fear, severe anxiety, or mistrust

  • Mood: loss of interest or pleasure in activities, guilt, or loneliness

  • Sleep: insomnia or nightmares

  • Also common: emotional detachment or unwanted thoughts