Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that affects people who have witnessed or experienced a traumatic event or series of traumatic circumstances. This can affect the person's mental, physical, and social well-being. In addition, about 80% of people with PTSD suffer from other mental or medical conditions.*

 

Most people with PTSD are not properly identified and are not offered education, counseling, or referrals for mental health evaluation. Primary care providers can play a powerful role in helping to treat PTSD as they are often the first point of contact for individuals with trauma-related experiences and PTSD symptoms.

PTSD resources

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*U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, PTSD: National Center for PTSD - Co-Occurring Conditions, (accessed December 2022): ptsd.va.gov.