Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop after a very stressful, frightening, or distressing event, or after a prolonged traumatic experience. Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), formerly called shock syndrome or battle fatigue, is a serious condition that can develop after a person has experienced or witnessed a traumatic or frightening event in which there has been serious physical threat or harm.
PTSDis a lasting consequence of traumatic experiences that cause intense fear, helplessness, or horror. Some examples of things that can cause post-traumatic stress disorder include sexual or physical assault, the unexpected death of a loved one, an accident, a war, or a natural disaster.
Victims' families can develop PTSD, as can emergency personnel and rescue workers.