from Off Grid Survival:
Disasters are traumatic events that can have severe mental and physical health consequences. Among the many health consequences, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one of the most debilitating problems you can face, something that is rarely talked about in the emergency preparedness community.
After a traumatic event, it’s normal to feel a sense of anxiety. For most people these feelings slowly start to fade in the weeks following the event. But if your symptoms don’t fade, or start to get worse as time passes, you may be suffering from disaster related PTSD.
What is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?
PTSD, most commonly associated with returning war veterans, is something that can affect anyone who has faced a traumatic event where their safety was threatened. In fact, it is probably one of the most frequent and debilitating mental health consequence that occurs in the aftermath of a traumatic event or disaster.
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