Everyone experiences stress at some point in their lives, but some people have excessive stress that can negatively impact everyday life. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that affects roughly 1 in 13 Americans at some point in their lives. The disorder develops following a traumatic event.
People with PTSD have feelings of extreme anxiety, fear or aggression as they relive their traumatic experience. Other symptoms of the disorder include depression, indifference, difficulty sleeping and reacting with aggression. It is common for people with PTSD to abuse substances in an attempt to manage their disorder. If you or a loved one have PTSD, you are not alone. Treatment is available.
Assessing Your Risk of PTSD
If you’re concerned that you or someone you know has PTSD, you can take a self-assessment to begin to get answers. However, your results are not an official diagnosis. Only a medical professional can diagnose a mental health disorder like PTSD. Taking an assessment may help you evaluate the severity of your disorder and help you decide if you should seek treatment.