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.