You’ve heard of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and perhaps you quickly associate it with people in the military. (I know I do - or I did.) While that’s most certainly, and unfortunately, millions of people outside the military experience the disorder too. It can affect anyone after a life-altering event such as (but certainly not limited to):
- Serious health problems
- Loss of a loved one
- Life-threatening accidents
PTSD is a heightened arousal state that occurs after experiencing a traumatic event. If left untreated, PTSD worsens over time. Unfortunately, many people don’t even realize they have it until many months after the event.