What is PTSD?

Post Traumatic Stress

Understanding PTSD

PTSD Develops as the result of a terrifying ordeal that involved physical harm of the threat of physical harm. The person who develops PTSD may have been harmed or witnessed someone being harmed or a tragic event. Symptoms of PTSD can be nightmares, an exaggerated startle response, severe anxiety, flashbacks (reliving event(s), intrusive images or obsessive thoughts, severe emotional distress, and various uncomfortable or unexplained physical symptoms (NIMH 2016).

Take the Post Traumtic Stress Self Test here

Helpful info:

**If you view only one article or site on this page - see Dr. Yehuda's excellent interview with Nautilus:
Rachel Yehuda, PhD -- a Mount Sinai scholar in the field of Trauma Research, Talks about PTSD:
"Ingenious: Rachel Yehouda, What PTSD teaches us about Human Frailty and Resilience."

U.S. Dept of Veteran Affairs - PTSD Center:
PTSD Basics, Understanding PTSD

PTSD is not just about the experience of Veterans and/or single incident traumas - read on:
Emotional Neglect and Childhood Trauma, contributing to or causing PTSD symptoms:
Pete Walker - Emotional Flashback Management
Pete Walker - Emotional Neglect and Complex PTSD

PTSD graphic, from the University of Southern California School of Social Work:

What is PTSD?


Katonah, NY Psychotherapist
Laura A. O'Keefe, LCSW51 Bedford Road
Katonah, NY 10536
(914) 232-7272
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Laura Baldwin O'Keefe, LCSW