What is PTSD?

In the U.S., it is estimated that at least 50-60% of the population will experience a potentially traumatic event, such as a physical or sexual assault or motor vehicle accident, during their lifetime. Fortunately, most people do not develop long lasting psychological difficulties after a traumatic event. Among those who do however, the most common constellation of such difficulties is called posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The symptoms of PTSD fall into three clusters: reexperiencing (e.g., intrusive and distressing thoughts about the event); avoidance (e.g., pushing away thoughts or memories of the trauma, or staying away from situations, people, and places that are reminders of the trauma); and hyperarousal (e.g., sleep problems, difficulty concentrating, feeling on guard or jumpy). In order to meet diagnostic criteria for PTSD, these difficulties must persist for at least one month after the trauma and cause significant impairment in functioning. The diagnostic criteria for PTSD are the same for adults and children.

 

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