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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? Check out our new short educational whiteboard video that explains PTSD symptoms using hand-drawn animation.
  • Is PTSD hurting your life at home and work? Watch candid videos of Veterans with PTSD at AboutFace. Hear how treatment helped them get back on track.

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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