Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is a mental health condition caused by a traumatic experience such as war, natural disaster or death that causes extreme amounts of fear and helplessness.
There are three different types of this condition including acute PTSD, which lasts for less than three months, chronic PTSD, which lasts for at least three months, and delayed-onset PTSD which lasts for at least six months after the traumatic event.
Fearful thoughts, flashbacks, and bad dreams are common signs of PTSD as well as the avoidance of anyone or thing that reminds them of the traumatic experience. Likewise, hyper-arousal symptoms can cause one to be very tense and easily startled, and physical aspects such as neurological, respiratory, musculoskeletal and cardiovascular symptoms also become a higher risk for people suffering from the condition.
PTSD can lead to memory loss along with depression, guilt, tension, worry and difficulty sleeping and, in extreme cases, violent outbursts putting one and their family in danger.
This condition is highly common in war veterans due to the non-stop violence and death surrounding them daily while at war.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is very hard for families to deal with and should be treated for with exceptional care at the first signs of the condition.