Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition triggered when someone experiences or witnesses a traumatic event. Symptoms include flashbacks, recurring memories or dreams, and distressing thoughts. PTSD affects 3.6% of the U.S. adult population, but there are widespread misconceptions about the true nature of this condition.
- Myth #1: PTSD only impacts veterans.
Anyone can develop PTSD when they experience or witness a traumatic event.
- Myth #2: PTSD has immediate onset after trauma.
Symptoms may start soon after a traumatic event, but sometimes they do not appear until years later.
- Myth #3: PTSD cannot be treated.
PTSD can be treated, with the primary course of treatment being psychotherapy.
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