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PTSD Full Form - Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • PTSD stands for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • It's a mental condition that develops in people that have experienced or witnessed a traumatic or terrifying event such as:
    • Natural Disasters
    • Car or plane crash
    • Terrorist attack
    • Sudden death of a beloved
    • Kidnapping
    • Sexual assault
  • The treatment of PTSD involves medications and psychotherapy (talk therapy) or both.
  • The diagnosis of PTSD is confirmed after an individual continuously experiences symptoms for a minimum of one month after the traumatic event.
  • The key symptoms that indicate this disorder are often divided into four categories, they are,
    • Re-experiencing the traumatic event
    • Avoidance and numbing
    • Hyperarousal
    • Negative thought and mood changes

Re-experiencing the traumatic event

  • Flashbacks and nightmare of the event.
  • Upsetting memories of the event.
  • Getting upset when reminded of the trauma.
  • Intense physical responses to reminders of the event like rapid breathing, nausea, sweating.

Avoidance and Numbing

  • Avoiding activities, places and people that remind the trauma.
  • Losing interest in work, or other general activities.
  • Feeling detached from family, friends and being emotionally numb.


  • Difficult sleeping.
  • Easily get irritated and angered.
  • Hypervigilance (continuously on "red alert").
  • Feeling anxious and obtain easily upset.
  • Difficulty remembering things.
  • Depression and hopelessness.

Negative thought and Mood Changes

  • Loss of interest in recreational activities.
  • Distorted feelings of guilt, blame etc.
  • Negative thoughts about oneself or the world.
  • Feeling alone or alienated.

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