The National Institute of Mental Health defines Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a condition that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. An example of such an event could be a natural disaster, a car accident, a sexual assault, a robbery, combat or even a terrorist attack.
Contrary to popular belief, PTSD does not solely happen to combat veterans. PTSD can be experienced by all people, regardless of agem ethnicity, culture, or nationality.
Most people who go through traumatic events may have temporary difficulty adjusting and coping; however, with time and self-care, they usually get better. Contrastingly, people who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder often experience intense and troubling thoughts or feelings related to their experience, often which last long after the traumatic event has ended. If symptoms following a trauma last for months or even years, and interfere with day-to-day functioning, it could be a sign of PTSD.