PTSD can occur in anyone: Posttraumatic stress disorder can affect anyone of any age who witnessed or experienced a life-threatening or traumatic event.

Know the signs of PTSD: People suffering from PTSD may repeatedly think about the trauma, be constantly on guard or alert, or avoid things that remind them of the trauma.

PTSD can affect you in many different ways:

  • Panic attacks
  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Nightmares
  • Feelings of mistrust
  • Substance abuse
  • Physical symptoms
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Relationship problems
  • Problems in daily living

PTSD can affect family: Family members may experience

  • Depression
  • Fear if your loved one is angry
  • Reluctance to talk about the trauma that may upset your loved one
  • Feelings of anger or resentment
  • Tiredness or sleep problems because of worry about your loved one
  • Feelings of isolation
  • Emotional disconnection

People suffering from PTSD cannot “just get over it.” If you or a loved one suffers from PTSD, seek professional mental health treatment.

Simple things can help you cope with PTSD:

  • Connect with friends and family
  • Exercise
  • Relax
  • Keep a journal of your thoughts and feelings
  • Get enough rest
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs
  • Help others by volunteering
  • Limited watching TV, especially news or other programs that bother you

Posttraumatic stress disorder is not a sign of weakness

PTSD can get better: Things will get better within the first few weeks after a trauma, but if they last longer than 2 or 3 months, seek professional mental health treatment.