Post-traumatic stress disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events.

The type of events that can cause PTSD include:

  • Military combat
  • Serious road accidents
  • Terrorist attacks
  • Natural disasters, such as severe floods, earthquakes or tsunamis
  • Being held hostage
  • Witnessing violent deaths
  • Violent personal assaults, such as sexual assault, mugging or robbery.

PTSD can develop immediately after someone experiences a disturbing event or it can occur weeks, months or even years later.

PTSD can develop in any situation where a person feels extreme fear, horror or helplessness. However, it doesn't usually develop after situations that are simply upsetting, such as divorce, job loss or failing exams.

We provide talking therapies to help people with PTSD in our primary care and wellbeing services.

We treat this condition at Health In Mind, East Sussex and at Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service.