Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that is triggered by a terrifying event— either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. Traumatic events affect people differently. Symptoms of conditions associated with trauma can develop soon after the event or can emerge much later, and they can last for a few days or weeks or can persist for much longer.
PTSD symptoms are generally grouped into four types: intrusive memories, avoidance, negative changes in thinking and mood, and changes in physical and emotional reactions. Symptoms can vary over time or vary from person to person.
The Traumatic Stress Center at Summa Health is dedicated to the treatment and investigation of traumatic stress and its consequences. For more information, call 330.379.5094.