Skip to main content

PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is PTSD?

PTSD is a mental health condition that is triggered by a traumatic situation or event. You may have seen the situation or event, or experienced it. You may continue to feel sad or helpless after the event. You may feel anxious or scared, even when you are not in danger. These feelings can affect your daily activities and relationships.

What are the signs and symptoms of PTSD?

Symptoms may get better after a few weeks or months. Symptoms may come and go over time. You may have one or more of the following:

How is PTSD diagnosed?

Healthcare providers will ask you about your symptoms and use a guide to diagnose PTSD. You may have PTSD if you have had the following symptoms for at least 1 month:

How is PTSD treated?

PTSD affects people differently. It is important to work with your healthcare provider to find the best treatment for you. You may need one or more of the following:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

What are some positive things I can do for myself?

Where can I find support and more information?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US), or ask someone to call if:

When should I or someone close to me call my doctor or therapist?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

© Copyright Merative 2024 Information is for End User's use only and may not be sold, redistributed or otherwise used for commercial purposes.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.