Mental Health UK
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder


This section has information about the symptoms and causes of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It says who might get PTSD and where you can get further information and support.

  • You may get post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after a traumatic experience like a serious assault, road traffic accident or natural disaster.

  • Symptoms include having traumatic memories or dreams, avoiding things that remind you of the event, not being able to sleep and feeling anxious. You may feel isolated and withdrawn.

  • Many people have some symptoms of trauma after a traumatic event. But for most people these go away with time and do not develop into PTSD.

This section covers:

  1. What is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

  2. What are the symptoms of PTSD and how is it diagnosed?

  3. What types of trauma illnesses are there?

  4. What causes PTSD?

  5. Where can I get further information and support?

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