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A man staring forward. His hands together in a prayer gesture next to mouth. What is PTSD?

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur after someone goes through a traumatic event like combat, assault, or disaster. Most people have some stress reactions after a trauma. If the reactions don't go away over time or disrupt your life, you may have PTSD.

  • Anger is a common response for those who suffer from PTSD, and it can create major problems in your life. Cognitive-behavioral therapies that work for PTSD can help with anger too.
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is like a concussion. It can be mild, moderate, or severe. Learn about TBI symptoms and treatments.

You may have heard of PTSD--posttraumatic stress disorder--on the news or from friends and family, and wondered what it is, or whether you or someone you know has it.

Find out in PTSD Basics.

Don't let PTSD get in the way of your enjoyment of life, hurt your relationships, or cause problems for you at work or school. There are treatments that can help.

Learn more in Treatment Overview.

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