What is PTSD?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a severe anxiety disorder that develops following exposure to extreme psychological trauma. Throughout history, PTSD has also been known as railway spine, stress syndrome, shell shock, battle fatigue and traumatic war neurosis.

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A 2008 study estimated that 300,000 U.S. soldiers would return from Iraq and Afghanistan suffering from PTSD and too few would receive treatment.

What is a Traumatic Event?

What are Symptoms of PTSD?

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One of the first descriptions of PTSD was made in 490 B.C. when Herodotus described an Athenian soldier going blind after witnessing the death of a fellow soldier.

What Causes PTSD?

How is PTSD Treated?

There is no specific medication for PTSD but psychotropic drugs have been shown to reduce symptoms. The most common treatment is counseling and psychotherapy often provided by a social worker. Social workers help those who suffer from PTSD address their feelings and guide them to further resources.

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