Living through a traumatic experience is difficult enough, but people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often feel like the anguish will never end.
PTSD is a serious mental health condition and anxiety disorder that develops after witnessing or experiencing psychological trauma or a terrifying event. PTSD can also occur after learning that a traumatic event happened to a close family member or close friend.
People who suffer from post-traumatic stress may experience extreme stress or fear even when they’re not in any actual danger. PTSD can interfere with relationships, work and social interactions. It’s a challenging and overwhelming condition – but it can be managed with the right treatment.
Post-traumatic stress disorder comes in two forms: chronic and acute. Acute stress disorder is a form of PTSD that occurs within one month following a trauma. Complex PTSD (C-PTSD), on the other hand, is a condition characterized by chronic post-traumatic stress that persists for months or years following the event.
There are a variety of signs and symptoms of PTSD. The characteristics of post-traumatic stress disorder vary from person to person, but PTSD symptoms generally fall into one of four categories.
There may also be physical signs of post-traumatic stress disorder such as:
People of all ages can suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. Your PTSD risk may increase if you have relatives who suffer from PTSD, stress disorders or other trauma disorders, but there are many other factors that can increase your chance of developing this condition.
People with dangerous professions – such as members of the armed forces and medical first responders – face a higher risk of PTSD due to their increased exposure to potentially dangerous and traumatic situations.
Many different types of traumatic events may lead to PTSD, including:
If you or someone you know is struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder, Aurora offers compassionate care at a variety of inpatient and outpatient PTSD treatment centers.
Once you receive a PTSD diagnosis, treatment may include:
See our eastern Wisconsin locations below to find a PTSD treatment program near you.
Aurora Psychiatric Hospital, a behavioral health and PTSD treatment center located in Wauwatosa, WI, has programs specifically designed to help individuals handle overwhelming fear and anxiety.