Post-traumatic stress disorder is called PTSD for short. PTSD creates mental and emotional reactions to terrible or stressful events. Learn more about post-traumatic stress disorder.
An example of post-traumatic stress disorder is if a man has a terrible car accident. He cannot sleep because of nightmares from the accident. Or he stops going outside his house a long time after the accident.
It is natural to feel different after a terrible event. It is also natural to act differently after a terrible event. But maybe you feel different and act different months or even years after the terrible event happened. You might have PTSD. Talk to your doctor about ways to help.
Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder
You may feel different after seeing or being part of a terrible event. You may feel:
Your actions can change after seeing or being part of a terrible event. Some changes you might experience are:
- having nightmares
- having flashbacks (you feel like you are living the terrible event again)
- having difficulty sleeping
- not wanting to see family or friends
- not doing activities you like
- having no energy
You can get help if you have PTSD. If you experience a terrible event and you feel sad, or if you have nightmares about the event for longer than one month, talk to your doctor about different ways to help.