(PTSD) is a mental health condition that can develop in individuals who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. These events can be life-threatening, violent, or involve a significant risk of harm. PTSD is characterized by a range of symptoms that persist beyond the initial traumatic experience, impacting a person’s thoughts, emotions, and daily functioning.
Common symptoms of PTSD include intrusive memories or flashbacks of the traumatic event, nightmares, intense distress or emotional reactions when exposed to triggers associated with the trauma, avoidance of reminders or discussions related to the event, negative changes in beliefs or mood, and heightened arousal or hypervigilance. Individuals with PTSD may also experience difficulties with concentration, sleep disturbances, irritability, and an exaggerated startle response.