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PTSD Basics


PTSD Basics

After a trauma or life-threatening event, it is common to have reactions such as upsetting memories of the event, increased jumpiness, or trouble sleeping. If these reactions do not go away or if they get worse, you may have Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Understanding PTSD

Have you, or someone you know:

  • Been through combat?
  • Lived through a disaster?
  • Experienced any other kind of traumatic event?

If so, you might wonder:

What is PTSD? Meet people who have dealt with PTSD and find out how to get help by reviewing the Understanding PTSD module.

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