PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event, life-threatening event (like a physical attack, a natural disaster, a car accident, terrorist attack), verbal abuse, sexual assault, or after being exposed to a family members experience of danger/harm.
It’s normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after this type of event. At first, it may be hard to do normal daily activities, like go to work, go to school, or spend time with people you care about. But most people start to feel better after a few weeks or months.
If it’s been longer than a few months and you’re still having symptoms, you may have PTSD. For some people, PTSD symptoms may start later on, or they may come and go over time.