PTSD is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, natural disaster, car accident or sexual assault. Symptoms can recur, including flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety and uncontrollable thoughts about the event.
Like any mental illness, don’t ignore it and hope it goes away, or think that seeking help is a sign of weakness. Sound treatment for PTSD exists, and can greatly improve a person’s life. Treatment may include group or individual psychotherapy as well as medication.