So What is PTSD?

By: Jie Hu

It is natural to feel frightened when a person is in danger. The sense of fear prepares the body to either fight or flight the situation in order to defend oneself from harm. However, for people who have post traumatic stress disorder, the sense of fear and pain is constantly with them even when they are not in danger and they lost the instinct to protect themselves.

Post traumatic stress disorder is a mental health condition caused by terrifying and traumatic events. The person who developed PTSD may be the one who is physically or mentally harmed, witness detrimental events happened to loved ones or non-acquaintance.

This disorder was brought to public attention mainly from battle-scarred soldiers. Other overwhelming life experiences, such as child abuse, rape torture, being kidnapped, car accidents, and any catastrophic incidents, were associated to PTSD.

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