Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Transcript Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious mental condition that requires treatment. WebMD explains causes, symptoms, and treatment. There is no medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment for PTSD; however, it can be treated with psychotherapy.
Symptoms of PTSD most often begin within 3 months of the event. In some cases, however, they don’t begin until years later.
Reliving: People with PTSD repeatedly relive the ordeal through thoughts and memories of the trauma (ex. flashbacks, hallucinations, and nightmares).
Avoiding: The person may avoid people, places, thoughts, or situations that may remind them of the traumatic event. This can lead to feelings of detachment and isolation from family and friends, as well as a loss of interest in activities that the person once enjoyed.
Increased arousal: These include excessive emotions; problems relating to others, including feeling or showing affection, irritability, outbursts of anger, difficulty concentrating, and being “jumpy” or easily startled.