Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious condition that develops in persons
who witness or experience a traumatic event, that resulted in physical harm or grave threat. PTSD causes helplessness and extreme fear if the persons were victims of a physical or sexual assault, terrorist attack, an accident, natural calamity, war or lost their loved one.
Family members of the victims also tend to develop post traumatic stress syndrome and so can rescue workers and emergency personnel. Most individuals who experience a terrifying event, usually undergo reactions such as anxiety, shock, fear, dismay, nervousness and guilt as well.
These feelings are common and fade away with time in most people. On the other hand, these reactions and experiences continue in persons affected with PTSD. They can grow and intensify to such an extent that it becomes difficult to lead a normal life.
Find out the effects of PTSD on individuals and what can help alleviate this syndrome in this infographic.