- PTSD can affect anyone at any age.
- Millions of Americans get PTSD every year.
- Many war veterans have had PTSD.
- Women tend to get PTSD more often than men.
- PTSD can be treated. You can feel better.
After a traumatic event, most people have painful memories. For many people, the effects of the event fade over time. You or a loved one for whom you care could have PTSD if the normal responses to trauma (including feeling scared, keyed up or sad) do not get better after about a month or they get worse. Mental health experts are not sure why some people develop PTSD and others do not. If stress reactions do not improve over time – they can continue up to years afterwards – and they disrupt everyday life, it is important to seek help to determine if PTSD is present.
If you suspect that you or a loved one have PTSD, talk to your doctor or in the case of current or past military members call the VA and ask for a PTSD evaluation. There are clinical versions for both non-military and military specific (you can also check out the overall quiz below).
For more information on PTSD from the National Institute on Mental Health in a simple and easy to read brochure in printable format, click here .
This video is an easy to understand “story” board about PTSD
Dr. Jan Seahorn presenting a TEDx Talk on understanding PTSD (she is a caregiver to her husband who has PTSD)