Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a mental condition triggered by a traumatic event. Symptoms include, severe anxiety, nightmares, recurrent thoughts and memories about a traumatic event, avoidance, and hypervigilance (or constantly being on edge or alert). Your healthcare team will help create a treatment plan that will help you manage those symptoms.
The symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD can be managed. You can live a healthy life with the right treatment plan, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and avoiding substance abuse and other unhealthy behaviors. Work with your mental health professional to figure out what works to ease daily anxiety.
You may have PTSD if you've been through a traumatic event and are having trouble dealing with it. Such events may include a car crash, rape, domestic violence, military combat, or violent crime. While it's normal to have some anxiety after such an event, it usually goes away in time. But with PTSD, the anxiety is more intense and keeps coming back.