Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Sign In

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)


 Content Editor

What is post-traumatic stress disorder?
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events.

Someone with PTSD often relives the traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks, and may experience feelings of isolation, irritability and guilt. They may also have problems sleeping, such as insomnia, and find concentrating difficult.

These symptoms are often severe and persistent enough to have a significant impact on the person's day-to-day life.

Read more about the symptoms of PTSD.

What are the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder? 
The symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder can have a significant impact on your day-to-day life. In most cases, the symptoms develop during the first month after a traumatic event. However, in a minority of cases, there may be a delay of months or even years before symptoms start to appear.

Some people with PTSD experience long periods when their symptoms are less noticeable, followed by periods where they get worse. Other people have constant, severe symptoms.

The specific symptoms of PTSD can vary widely between individuals. These can include:
  • re-experiencing – flashbacks, nightmares
  • avoidance and emotional numbing
  • hyperarousal – feeling on edge
How can we help you?
If you feel you are suffering with PTSD, seek help and advice from your GP.

If you feel you are in mental health crisis, visit our help in a crisis page for advice and support.
Back to top of page Back to top of page

© North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust 2017

Cookie and privacy policy

Site designed by Future and developed by St Helens and Knowsley Health Informatics Service NHS Foundation Trust 2017