Understanding PTSD and PTSD Treatment


Key Questions: What is PTSD? What are the symptoms of PTSD? Why get treatment for PTSD?

PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault.

Here’s the good news: you can get treatment for PTSD — and it works. In this booklet, you’ll learn about types of treatment that are proven to help. For some people, treatment can get rid of PTSD altogether. For others, it can make symptoms less intense. Treatment also gives you the tools to manage symptoms so they don’t keep you from living your life.

PTSD treatment can turn your life around — even if you’ve been struggling for years.


  • PTSD Basic
    • What is PTSD?
    • What can cause PTSD?
    • What are the symptoms of PTSD?
    • How do I know if I have PTSD?
    • What do I do if I have symptoms of PTSD?
  • PTSD Treatment
    • Why get treatment for PTSD?
    • Common questions about treatment
    • What happens during PTSD treatment?
    • Where can I go to get help?

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Grounding Yourself - National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome - Clinical Series