Understanding PTSD and How It May Affect You

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Welcome to the National Center for PTSD: News relevant to the issues of trauma and PTSD

Understanding PTSD


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PTSD, or posttramautic stress disorder, is a mental health problem that can develop after experiencing a traumatic event, like combat or a natural disaster. It’s normal to have upsetting memories or feel on edge after an event like this for a few weeks or months, but if it’s been longer and you’re still having symptoms, you may have PTSD.

The first step to understanding PTSD and getting the help that you or others may need is to understand the basics, including key information about trauma and the treatment options available.

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The Staff of VA’s National Center for PTSD