PTSD is an acronym for post-traumatic stress disorder, which is a mental disorder that can effect people in the aftermath of experiencing trauma.
Most often, PTSD is thought of as an illness that affects soldiers who have been in active combat.
However, anyone who witnessed or was involved in a traumatic event can acquire PTSD.
In addition to experiencing active combat in a war zone, traumatic experiences can also include car accidents, weather tragedies (such as floods and tornados), house fires, living through a global pandemic, physical or sexual abuse, or witnessing a violent crime.
Often, those with PTSD experience flashbacks of the traumatic event, and are unable to stop intrusive thoughts related to the event.
They may blame themselves for the event or be unable to deal with feelings of guilt, distress, shame, or anger.
Answer a few questions in our online PTSD evaluation to get personalized feedback. Talking with a therapist or counselor can help you recover.
Check out the Monarch Directory by SimplePractice to see licensed mental health professionals who specialize in clients with PTSD.
You can also browse therapists who specialize in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), as this therapeutic approach has been shown to help PTSD recovery.