Anxiety disorders – Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Acute Stress Reaction

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is when a person experiences symptoms of anxiety due to a major stressful experience (the type of experience that would induce fear in most people). Examples include near death experiences such as major car or plane accidents, or being the victim of violence.

Barry is experiencing a flash-back of a recent car accident.

The person often experiences 'flash-backs' of the traumatic event, avoids situations that remind them of the traumatic event, and experiences other symptoms such as being on edge and difficulty sleeping.

Many people can’t remember some of the events surrounding the trauma.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is very treatable and can be treated successfully using psychological therapies.

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