Frightening situations happen to everyone at some point.
People can react in many different ways: they might feel nervous, have a hard time sleeping well, or go over the details of the situation in their mind.
Many people have vivid nightmares, flashbacks, or thoughts of the event that seem to come from nowhere.
They often avoid things that remind them of the event—for example, someone who was hurt in a car crash might avoid driving.
PTSD can make people feel very nervous or ‘on edge’ all the time.
Trauma is often unexpected, and many people say that they felt powerless to stop or change the event.
Traumatic events may include crimes, natural disasters, accidents, war or conflict, or other threats to life.
It could be an event or situation that you experience yourself or something that happens to others, including loved ones.
PTSD causes intrusive symptoms such as re-experiencing the traumatic event.
Post-traumatic stress disorder, on the other hand, lasts much longer and can seriously disrupt a person’s life.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental illness.
It involves exposure to trauma involving death or the threat of death, serious injury, or sexual violence.
Something is traumatic when it is very frightening, overwhelming and causes a lot of distress.