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What is posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

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Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), once called shell shock or battle fatigue syndrome, is a serious condition that can develop after a person has experienced or witnessed a traumatic or terrifying event in which serious physical harm occurred or was threatened. PTSD is a lasting consequence of traumatic ordeals that cause intense fear, helplessness, or horror, such as a sexual or physical assault, the unexpected death of a loved one, an accident, war, or natural disaster. Families of victims can also develop PTSD, as can emergency personnel and rescue workers.

From: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

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National Alliance on Mental Illness. 

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 25, 2018

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National Alliance on Mental Illness. 

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 25, 2018

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