PTSD is an anxiety disorder - triggered by a traumatic experience. It could be - an interpersonal event like physical or sexual assault, exposure to disaster, accidents, combat or witnessing a traumatic event. It can occur at any age following the traumatic experience. To be diagnosed with PTSD: the symptoms must be present for more than 30 days.
PTSD Symptoms can be classified into 3 different categories:
1."Reliving" the event, this affects daily activity
- Flashback episodes: where the event seems to be happening again and again
- Repeated memories of the event which upsets the patient
- Repeated nightmares
- Uncomfortable reactions to situations that reminds of the event