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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
PTSD is an anxiety disorder that some people get after seeing or living through a dangerous event. Approximately 11 million people in the United States suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD occurs when an individual experiences an extremely stressful event such as a war, natural disaster, or automobile accident.
When in danger, it’s natural to feel afraid. This fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to prepare to defend against the danger or to avoid it. This “fight-or-flight” response is a healthy reaction meant to...