Sep 25th 2023
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a trauma and stressor-related mental health condition that is characterized by a wide range of symptoms, including flashbacks, avoidance, being easily startled, and ongoing negative thoughts and emotions, among others.
Although not everyone who experiences trauma will develop PTSD, those that do usually develop symptoms within months of an individual experiencing a traumatic event, such as war, natural disasters, assault, or abuse, although symptoms can sometimes appear later. 
The length of time that post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is experienced varies significantly depending on the person, the type of trauma experienced and whether effective treatment is received. Some may recover within six months, whereas for others it can become a chronic condition, lasting a lifetime. PTSD is an intensely personal experience, and, as with most mental illnesses, no two cases are the same. 
PTSD symptoms usually present soon after a traumatic event is experienced or witnessed, for most these symptoms will lessen and disappear with time. However, if they remain untreated, they can last for years or potentially for the remainder of the individual's life. Those that experience PTSD symptoms over a long period may find that they aren’t consistent in their severity, but that symptoms come and go over time and are triggered by stress or other intense emotion. 
There are five stages of PTSD - not every stage is experienced equally by all who develop PTSD :
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