Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD occurs when an individual has been exposed to a traumatic event where the following  two issues were present:

1)  the individual either experienced, witnessed, or was confronted with an incident or incidents that involved a serious injury, actual or threatened death, and/or a threat to the physical well-being of one self or others.
2)  the response of the individual involved feelings of intense fear, helplessness, or horror.

The event that was traumatic is reexperienced in one of the following ways:

Furthermore, there is persistent avoidance of the stimuli that is associated with the trauma. This is indicated by some of the following symptoms: In addition, there are symptoms of increased arousal as indicated by some of the following: It is important to note that the disturbance causes significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other areas of functioning.  Furthermore, the disturbance lasts for more than one month.