Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (or PTSD) has been getting more coverage in the media due to the recent wars in the middle east and increases in diagnosis among combat veterans. As the name suggests, PTSD is a disorder that occurs following the experience of a traumatic event, in which someone felt like their life was in danger. Very strong experiences of panic can occur when individuals are reminded of the traumatic experience, and sufferers also have nightmares about the events, and an increased vigilance to possible threats that is excessive in the current situation. PTSD can occur in response to combat, but also in response to physical and sexual attacks, or accidents or disasters.
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