PTSD is a form of anxiety disorder that occurs when an individual experiences trauma. It may be a response to an isolated traumatic event, or as a result of chronic exposure to traumatic events. The event may threaten life or safety, or others close to them. Traumatic events may include a serious accident, physical assault, threat to psychological safety, sexual assault, natural disasters (such as flood, bushfires), torture or being in a war zone.
When traumatic events occur, it is normal to respond with different reactions such as fear, horror, threat to self or loved ones, anger, sadness or a sense of helplessness. When these feelings are intensely distressing or continue for more than 4 weeks, it is important to seek support, as they may be symptoms of a more persistent condition such as PTSD.
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