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Understand 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?
    Understand what PTSD is and how it affects people young and old.
  • How Common is PTSD?
    Learn more about different groups of people and how they are affected by PTSD and trauma.
  • Types of Trauma
    Access articles providing information related to how people respond to and recover from disasters and acts of terrorism.
  • Is it PTSD?
    A list of articles helping a person to determine whether they are suffering from PTSD.
  • Related Problems
    A list providing links to related information on PTSD.
  • PTSD Awareness Month
    You can make a difference today, Learn about PTSD and raise awareness during June - PTSD Awareness Month.

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Get help for PTSD

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PTSD Information Voice Mail:
(802) 296-6300
ncptsd@va.gov
Also see: VA Mental Health