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PTSD Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Basic Information

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Learn the basics of post-traumatic stress disorder (or PTSD). Information on the symptoms of PTSD, how PTSD is diagnosed, the risk factors for the diagnosis, and other difficulties that often co-occur with PTSD (such as depression, anxiety, and substance use) is presented here. In addition, information on PTSD in the military and the impact of PTSD on the family is provided.
  1. What is PTSD?
  2. Symptoms of PTSD
  3. What Causes PTSD?
  4. The Diagnosis of PTSD
  5. PTSD and the Family
  1. PTSD and the Military
  2. Anxiety Disorders and PTSD
  3. Other Disorders Associated with PTSD
  4. PTSD and Physical Health

What is PTSD?

Learn basic information on PTSD, including its symptoms, how it is diagnosed, myths, and how often it is seen in the general population.

Symptoms of PTSD

Many different symptoms make up a PTSD diagnosis. In addition, PTSD can often be associated with other psychological symptoms, such as guilt.

What Causes PTSD?

Learn about the risk factors for and the types of traumatic events that often lead to the development of PTSD.

The Diagnosis of PTSD

A number of specific criteria must be met in order to receive a diagnosis of PTSD. Get information here on how a person becomes diagnosed with PTSD.

PTSD and the Family

PTSD can have a major impact on the family. Get information on how PTSD may influence family members.

PTSD and the Military

PTSD is quite common in military populations. Military soldiers are at heightened risk for PTSD due to combat exposure, and women in the military in particular may be at greater risk for sexual trauma.

Anxiety Disorders and PTSD

Anxiety disorders commonly co-occur with PTSD. Learn more about the rates of anxiety disorders among people with PTSD.

Other Disorders Associated with PTSD

Besides anxiety disorders, a number of other difficulties often co-occur with PTSD, including depression and substance use disorders. Conditions that are often associated with PTSD are described in more detail here.

PTSD and Physical Health

People with PTSD have been found to be at greater risk for a number of physical health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS. Learn more about the role of PTSD in these problems.

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