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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental condition that can result from being in or seeing a traumatic or terrifying event. These events can include a natural disaster, a serious car crash, an assault or a rape, combat, or a terrorist attack. If you have PTSD, you may often relive the experience in nightmares or flashbacks. These are clear and frightening memories of the event. You may also have trouble sleeping.
PTSD affects people in very different ways. It can interfere with daily activities such as work or school, and it can make you withdraw from friends or loved ones.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Do relaxation exercises 10 to 20 minutes a day. You can play soothing, relaxing music while you do them, if you wish.
As you continue to breathe slowly and deeply, relax by doing the following for another 5 to 10 minutes:
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Go to the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention webpage at http://suicideprevention.ca/need-help to find a suicide crisis prevention centre in your area if you or someone you know is:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: September 23, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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