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