Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
What is PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental illness. It comes after an event where a person is exposed to actual or threatened death, serious injury or sexual violence.
The event could be something that has happened to you, or something you have seen.
- a natural disaster such as an earthquake, flood or bushfire
- a major car crash or other serious accident
- severe physical injury
- rape or sexual assault
- domestic violence
- war or other attack
- witnessing murder or violent death
- a traumatic birth experience
People with PTSD have intrusive memories of the event. The memories affect their physical and mental health, relationships, work and daily activities.
PTSD affects about 4% of adults in Australia. It is diagnosed more in women than in men. War veterans and emergency services workers generally have higher rates of PTSD.
There are effective treatments available for PTSD. With the right help, you have a good chance of recovery.
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