ON HIGH ALERT—How to Know if it’s PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a potentially debilitating condition that develops as a result of exposure to a wide variety of traumatic and/or life-threatening events. In recent years, the media has raised our social awareness about PTSD because it’s affected so many soldiers returning from combat. Although many people—adults and children alike—continue to suffer with PTSD, it is not well understood, and little is known about how to help people overcome it. Our brains are wired to alarm us about the presence and threat of danger, so having a physical and psychological response to trauma is very normal, but the symptoms should eventually diminish. Unfortunately, not everyone heals with time.

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