Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that is triggered by an event such as violence, a car accident, a natural disaster, and more. It can affect one person or a group of people. In soldiers, it has sometimes been called "shell shock." Symptoms include flashbacks, emotional detachment, jumpiness, and more. PTSD can make working and maintaining relationships very difficult. PTSD treatments include talk therapy, exposure therapy, medications, and more. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about what causes PTSD, how to treat it, and much more.
Cancer-Related Post-traumatic Stress (PDQ®): Supportive care - Patient Information [NCI]-Screening for Cancer-Related Post-traumatic Stress (PTS)
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is defined as the development of certain symptoms following a mentally stressful event that involved actual death or the threat of death, serious injury, or a threat to oneself or others. For the person who has experienced a diagnosis of cancer, the specific trauma that triggers PTSD is unclear. It may be the actual diagnosis of a life-threatening illness, aspects of the treatment process, test results, information given about recurrence, or some other aspect of the cancer experience. Learning that one's child has cancer is traumatic for many parents. Because the cancer experience involves so many upsetting events, it is much more difficult to single out one event as a cause of stress than it is for other traumas, such as natural disasters or rape. The traumatic event may cause responses of extreme fear, helplessness, or horror and may trigger PTSD symptoms. PTSD in cancer survivors may be expressed in these specific behaviors:Reliving the cancer
Cancer-Related Post-traumatic Stress (PDQ®): Supportive care - Patient Information [NCI]-Factors That Affect the Risk of Cancer-Related Post-traumatic Stress (PTS)
Some survivors of cancer experience trauma -related symptoms similar to symptoms experienced by people who have survived highly stressful situations, such as military combat, natural disasters, violent personal attack (such as rape), or other life-threatening events. This group of symptoms is called post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and includes avoiding situations related to the trauma, continuously thinking of the trauma, and being overexcited. People with histories of cancer are considered to be at risk for PTSD. The physical and mental shock of having a life-threatening disease, of receiving treatment for cancer, and living with repeated threats to one's body and life are traumatic experiences for many cancer patients.
Marvin's Story: Coping After the Hurricane-Marvin's story
Hurricane Katrina still haunts Marvin. He and his wife,daughter,and four grandkids huddled on a neighbor’s roof as floodwaters from the storm surges swirled around them. Lashed by wind and debris,they survived by hooking themselves to a rooftop exhaust vent. "The water just kept rising," he said,beginning to cry. "The kids were crying. We were watching roofs peeling off the other houses. ...
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious mental condition that requires treatment. WebMD explains causes, symptoms, and treatment.
The American Psyche, Post-9/11
How well have we healed since the events of Sept. 11, 2001? Are we suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder, or have we 'gotten over it' and moved on? The experts say that most of us fall somewhere in between. And for those still struggling, help is available...
The Link Between Trauma and Binge Eating
PSTD is common among those with binge eating disorder. Learn how the two conditions are connected and treated.