PTSD is an anxiety disorder which can develop after being involved in or witnessing a traumatic event. It was first recognised in soldiers coming home from war and was called shell shock. After a traumatic event it is normal to experience some symptoms associated with PTSD. However if the symptoms last longer than a month then may be diagnosed with PTSD.
The situations that we consider traumatic vary from person to person so something you that you do not consider traumatic may be very traumatic to someone else. Here are some harmful and life threatening events which can cause PTSD to develop:
Some people may be more vulnerable than others to developing PTSD. This can be because:
Anyone can experience traumatic events but you are particularly likely to have experienced trauma if you:
Take a look below to see the different symptoms caused by PTSD: