Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder triggered in people who have witnessed traumatic events.
Types of Events that can lead to PTSD include:
Sexual violence or rape
Serious accident or injury
War and conflict, etc.
You may be particularly likely to have PTSD if you:
Work in a high-risk occupation such as the army or emergency services.
Are a refugee or asylum seeker
Notwithstanding, PTSD occurs in people of any age, color, nationality, or culture. According to the American Psychiatric Society, in the US, it affects approximately 3.5 percent of adults every year, and an estimated 1 out of 3 people will be diagnosed with PTSD in their lifetime.
People living with PTSD usually have intense, disturbing thoughts and feelings related to their experience that last long after the traumatic event. They may relive the events through nightmares or flashbacks; may feel anger or sadness; they may feel detached from other people or situations that remind them of the traumatic events.