This is a site for people who suffer from or are affected by Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (formerly known as Post-traumatic Stress Disorder - it is not a disorder, it is event related). With this FAQs page, I hope to answer the basic questions you might have in your mind. Contact me with your inquiries about FAQs that you wish to be added to this page.

What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder  (Syndrome)?

PTSD is a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event.

It is natural to feel afraid during and after a traumatic situation. Fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to help defend against danger or to avoid it. This “fight-or-flight” response is a typical reaction meant to protect a person from harm.

Nearly everyone will experience a range of reactions after trauma, yet most people recover from initial symptoms naturally.

Those who continue to experience problems may be diagnosed with PTSD. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they are not in danger.

VIA NIMH National Institute of Mental Health

What are some of the ways PTSD might happen to a person?

PTSD might develop when someone witnesses or is closely affected by these events.

  • Someone close dies.
  • Divorce or sudden separation.
  • Move from one home to another.
  • Domestic violence in the home.
  • Violence and physical injury in war.
  • Raped, mugged or beaten.
  • Automobile accident.
  • Abusive circumstances at work.
  • Sexual abuse of any kind.

What are some of the symptoms and signs of PTSD?

PTSD can occur when the following happens.

  • Problems sleeping, reoccurring nightmares.
  • Having flashbacks, bad memories of the event.
    Paranoia, being scared or startled easily.
  • Feeling irritable or mad easily.
  • Uncomfortable reactions to daily activities, avoidance of routine activities.
  • Won’t talk about traumatic events, general feeling of the world being dangerous.
  • Adverse reactions to crowds, feelings of detachment, emotional numbness, inability to concentrate.
  • Lack of feelings or emotions toward others.

Resources and information.

National Institute of Mental Health

MAYO Clinic

Psychology Today

Anxiety and Depression Association of America

PTSD: National Center for PTSD