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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (post-trah-MAT-ik stress dis-OR-der) is a disorder in which the individual experiences characteristic symptoms following exposure to an extremely traumatic event. The individual reacts with horror, extreme fright or helplessness to the event.

Experiences that may produce this type of response include, but are not limited to, military combat, being kidnapped, being raped, being tortured, natural or man-made disasters, or automobile accidents.

Symptoms may include re-experiencing the traumatic event, flashbacks, feeling emotionally detached, startling easily, having trouble sleeping, and having difficulty concentrating when awake. Post-traumatic stress disorder may last from a few months to several years, depending on the severity of the trauma. It is often more severe or long-lasting when the trauma was due to an act of human violence, such as rape. Complete recovery can occur within a few months in approximately half of individuals; relapse can also occur.

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