An anxiety disorder that develops as a reaction to physical injury or to serious mental or emotional distress, such as military combat, violent assault, natural disaster, or other life-threatening events. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder that some people develop after experiencing or seeing a traumatic event. The traumatic event can be life-threatening, such as combat, natural disaster, car accident, or sexual assault. However, sometimes the event isn't necessarily dangerous.
For example, the sudden and unexpected death of a loved one can also cause PTSD. The World Health Organization recommends trauma-focused CBT to treat symptoms of acute traumatic stress in adults. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event, a series of events, or a set of circumstances. Exposure includes directly experiencing an event, witnessing a traumatic event that happens to other people, or learning that a traumatic event occurred to a family member or close friend.
If your distress interferes with your relationships, your work, or your daily functioning, you may have acute stress disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Acute stress disorder occurs as a reaction to a traumatic event, just like PTSD, and the symptoms are similar. Another evidence-based treatment is cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, which is used to treat many psychological disorders, including traumatic stress.