Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Explained

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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the term given to a specific set of reactions and health complications that follow the experience of an event that threatened a person’s life or safety, or the safety of those around them.

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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is often used to describe post-war mental health complications, but you don’t need to have experienced combat to have PTSD. PTSD can relate to a range of traumatic events, which in many cases have severe effects on the person.


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Susannah Cameron
05 Jan 2020
Quick and easy to get through
Annaliese Forbes
30 Jun 2023
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Michael Pullen
23 Sep 2022
Registered Nurse Enrolled Nurse
To gain a greater understanding of post traumatic stress disorder
Dina Urbach
08 May 2023
Well summarised
Jenny Ellis
07 Apr 2022
Registered Nurse
Excellent resource on an important disorder. When working with elderly people ,many have lived through a time when events have had a severe impact on their health and wellbeing at a time when PTSD was neither recognised or treated.It is so vital to our residents/clients /patients , particularly those who have dementia,or varying levels of cognitive impairment to be aware of accurate personal,family and social histories of those in our care to predict,be aware of and prevent triggers that may retraumatise them
Rory Lowe
27 Sep 2022
Good refresher on PTSD
Zachary Herbert
20 Sep 2022
Enrolled Nurse
an easy and straight to the point article, well done
Joelle Pilcher
02 Apr 2022
Enrolled Nurse
Fairly good resource
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Gina Macabantad
03 Apr 2022
Mary Fletcher
01 Apr 2022
PTSD explained easily
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