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PTSD: Understanding the after-effects of trauma

June 5, 2013
The Marietta Times

Healing from trauma takes time and, for some, treatment from mental health professionals. It's estimated that this year 5.2 million Americans will suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), an after-effect of trauma that can produce debilitating and long-term effects such as flashbacks, nightmares, physical and mental agitation, sudden anger and aggression, and emotional numbing. It's a condition that has long been recognized among soldiers who have witnessed combat. Now it's well-known that anyone who has experienced a severe traumatic event can develop the disorder. Catastrophic events such as the 9/11 attack, natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, or other traumas including sexual assault and accidents, can all cause PTSD in those exposed to such events.



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