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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event.
It is natural to feel afraid during and after a traumatic situation. Fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to help defend against danger or to avoid it. This “fight-or-flight” response is a typical reaction meant to protect a person from harm. Nearly everyone will experience a range of reactions after trauma, yet most people recover from initial symptoms naturally. Those who continue to experience problems may be diagnosed with PTSD. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened, even when they are not in danger.
Approaches to the Treatment of PTSD
Bessel A. van der Kolk, Onno van der Hart, Jennifer Burbridge, Trauma Clinic
Posttraumatic stress disorder and the nature of trauma
Bessel van der Kolk, US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
When Nowhere Is Safe: Interpersonal Trauma and Attachment Adversity as Antecedents of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Developmental Trauma Disorder
Journal of Traumatic Stress c/o The Trauma Center
The science and biology of PTSD
PTSD Affects ‘One in 13 by Age of 18’
Alex Therrien, BBC News
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