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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.


What is PTSD?


  • Sudden traumatic events like the attacks in Paris can lead to psychological distress. These resources can help.
  • Caring for a loved one with PTSD? Don't forget to care for yourself as well. We have tips for family and friends.

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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