Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have
experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a
terrorist act, war/combat or rape or who have been threatened with death, sexual violence or
PTSD has been known by many names in the past, such as “shell shock” during the years of
World War I and “combat fatigue” after World War II, but PTSD does not just happen to combat
veterans. PTSD can occur in all people of any ethnicity, nationality or culture, and at any age.
PTSD affects approximately 3.5 percent of U.S. adults every year, and an estimated one in 11
people will be diagnosed with PTSD in their lifetime with women having a higher rate of
occurrence than men.
- Awakening in the middle of the night in a panic
- Daytime hypervigilance
- Avoidance Behaviors
- Startles easily
- Emotionally numbing
- Irritability and mood swings
1. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing)
2. Psychopharmacologic medications to help manage symptoms of PTSD or co-occurring
symptoms of depression or anxiety.