Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Post-traumatic stress disorder, also called PTSD, is a mental health condition that affects people who have experienced a traumatic, frightening, or dangerous event. For example, the U.S. National Center for PTSD reports that an estimated 11–20 percent of military personnel who have witnessed traumatic injuries or deaths while engaged in battle experience symptoms of PTSD. In contrast, about 7–8 percent of the general population experiences PTSD within their lifetime.
Many people experience a "fight or flight" reaction when they are faced with a scary or dangerous situation. Also called the fight-or-flight response, it is the body's emergency response to danger; triggered by fear, it prepares the body either to defend itself or take steps to avoid the danger. The fight/flight...Read more