Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder defined:

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) defines PTSD as an anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal in which there was the potential for or actual occurrence of grave physical harm. Traumatic events that may trigger PTSD include violent personal assaults, natural or human-caused disasters, accidents, and military combat. People with PTSD have persistent frightening thoughts and memories of their ordeal, may experience sleep problems, feel detached or numb, or be easily startled. The NIMH reports that 3.5% of the population will experience PTSD in a given year.

Discover more information about PTSD from these online resources:

Mayo Clinic
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
National Institute of Mental Heath (NIMH)
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Alliance

What can you do if you believe you or someone you know has PTSD?

If you think you may be experiencing PTSD it is important to seek help from a behavioral health professional. There are many forms of treatment which can be effective. Here are some tips about how to cope with PTSD and here is advice for friends and family members. If you have been a victim of sexual assault it may be appropriate to call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-4673.

Use the locators listed below to find a behavioral health professional:

American Psychological Association (APA) Locator
HelpPro Therapist Locator

Emergency situations:

If you are experiencing a crisis please call 911 or one of the numbers listed below, or go to the emergency department at the nearest hospital.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255
National Hopeline Network 800-784-2433

The above information was compiled for Box of Stars by the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation (TSBHF). The resources listed are not those of TSBHF. The provided information should not replace seeking medical attention.