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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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

The type of events that can cause PTSD include: military combat; serious road accidents; terrorist attacks; natural disasters, such as severe floods, earthquakes or tsunamis; being held hostage; witnessing violent deaths; violent personal assaults, such as sexual assault, mugging or robbery

PTSD can develop immediately after someone experiences a disturbing event or it can occur weeks, months or even years later.

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