POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD)

INTRODUCTION Posttraumatic stress disorder is a mental disorder that can develop after a person is exposed to a traumatic event, such as, warfare, rape accidents, child abuse, or other encounters that threaten one’s life. Its symptoms may vary from disturbing thoughts, feelings, or dreams related to the events, mental or physical distress to trauma-related cues, attempts to avoid trauma-related cues, alterations in how a person thinks and feels, and an increase in the flight mentality. A person with PTSD is at a higher risk for suicide and intentional self-harm. Most people who experience traumatic events do not develop PTSD. People who experience interpersonal trauma such as rape , combat or child abuse are more likely to develop PTSD as compared to people…

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