Anyone of us can experience a traumatic event that is overwhelming, frightening, and beyond our control. Most people, in time, get over such experiences without needing help. However, for some the symptoms worsen over time, lasting for months or even years. This is likely Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
A traumatic event could include: receiving bad news, losing someone you love in disturbing circumstances, witnessing extreme violence or war, physical or sexual assault, a traumatic childbirth, or even a serious accident, such as a car crash. Symptoms of Post-traumatic stress disorder do not always manifest immediately. They may start within weeks or months of a traumatic event, or even years later, and cause significant problems in your daily life.
You may also be more vulnerable to developing PTSD if you have experienced repeated trauma, have a history of depression or anxiety, work in a high-risk profession, are a refugee, or have suffered childhood abuse.