PTSD: National Center for PTSD
PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) 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.
Anyone can develop PTSD at any age. There are factors that can increase the chance someone will develop PTSD, and these are often not under that person's control. To begin understanding PTSD:
- Start with PTSD Basics. This page offers key information about trauma, PTSD, and treatment options.
- Download our Understanding PTSD and PTSD Treatment (PDF) booklet.
- Participate in our free, in-depth Continuing Education Courses for more advanced information. Professionals can earn continuing education credits for most courses.
Understand PTSD Treatment
There are options for treating PTSD. For many people, effective treatments less intense or get rid of symptoms altogether. Take the mystery out of PTSD treatment:
- Watch our short whiteboard video PTSD Treatment: Know Your Options to learn which treatments are best.
- Use the PTSD Treatment Decision Aid to find the treatment that is best for you.
- Visit AboutFace, a website where Veterans, their family members, and clinicians talk about turning life around with PTSD treatment.