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"Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a psychiatric
disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of
life-threatening events such as military combat, natural
disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or violent
personal assaults like rape. People who suffer from PTSD often
relive the experience through nightmares and flashbacks, have
difficulty sleeping, and feel detached or estranged, and these
symptoms can be severe enough and last long enough to
significantly impair the personís daily life.
PTSD is marked by clear biological changes as well as
psychological symptoms. PTSD is complicated by the fact that it
frequently occurs in conjunction with related disorders such as
depression, substance abuse, problems of memory and cognition, and
other problems of physical and mental health. The disorder is also
associated with impairment of the personís ability to function
in social or family life, including occupational instability,
marital problems and divorces, family discord, and difficulties in
National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
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