What is PTSD?

What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)


  • An anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events including military combat, violent personal attacks or serious road accidents
  • Can develop immediately after someone experiences a disturbing event or it can occur weeks, months or even years later
  • Is estimated to affect about one in every three people who have a traumatic experience
  • Someone with PTSD will often relive the traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks, and may experience feelings of isolation, irritability and guilt
  • They may also have problems sleeping, such as insomnia, and find concentrating difficult
  • These symptoms are often severe and persistent enough to have a significant impact on the person’s day-to-day life
  • Source: NHS Choices