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PTSD: National Center for PTSD


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About 8 out of every 100 veterans have PTSD

Trauma Exposure

A national survey found 8% of U.S. Veterans screened positive for PTSD at some point in their life.

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Symptoms of PTSD include re-experiencing, negative mood, hyperarousal, and avoidance.

PTSD Basics

It is normal to have symptoms right after a traumatic event. If they last longer than a month, it may be PTSD.

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Now more than ever, there are effective treatments for PTSD. 42 out of 100 people who take medication will no longer meet criteria for PTSD after about 3 months of treatment.

Treatment Works

It’s never too late to get help. Learn more about your treatment options.

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We are the world's leading research and educational center of excellence on PTSD and traumatic stress.

PTSD is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault.

It's normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after this type of event. If symptoms last more than a few months, it may be PTSD. The good news is that there are effective treatments.

Get help for PTSD

If you need help right away:


PTSD Information Voice Mail:
(802) 296-6300
Also see: VA Mental Health