• MEDICAL CONDITION
Posttraumatic stress disorder

Posttraumatic stress disorder

Synonyms: PTSD, Post-traumatic stress disorder

DESCRIPTION

It's natural to be afraid when you're in danger. It's natural to be upset when something bad happens to you or someone you know. But if you feel afraid and upset weeks or months later, it's time to talk with your doctor. You might have post-traumatic stress disorder.

PTSD is a real illness. You can get PTSD after living through or seeing a dangerous event, such as a war, a hurricane, or a bad accident. PTSD makes you feel stressed and afraid after the danger is over. It affects your life and the people around you.

If you have PTSD, you can get treatment and feel better.

PTSD can happen to anyone at any age. Children get PTSD too.

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