PTSD is an anxiety disorder that is related to surviving a traumatic event, in which you feel your life or someone else’s life is threatened. These events can be catastrophic, such as natural disasters, terrorist attacks, separation, loss, death of loved ones, effects of divorce, Military Trauma, Car Accidents, Violence, Assault, Dog Bites and war zones. Often times the event may be more individualized, such as a serious car accident, physical or sexual abuse, or animal attack.
Most people respond to life threatening event with some fear after the event, but it goes away after a few months. Even if they develop PTSD after the initial trauma, 1 out of 3 people’s symptoms resolve shortly. For those who lives remain disrupted, cognitive behavioral therapy is an effective treatment. Interestingly, some people do not develop symptoms for months or years after the initial event.