Post-traumatic stress disorder is a condition that arises after a traumatic or tragic event. While often associated with war veterans - abuse, vehicle accidents and fire are just a few of the other possible causes of this type of anxiety. PTSD can be difficult to diagnose and is made more challenging by the fact that people who have the condition do not always seek help. To diagnose PTSD a doctor will ask many questions about the symptoms and tragic event experienced and might also perform a physical exam.
K. Waheed of Virginia started having flashbacks when she was in her twenties. Her “persistent, terrifying” images and memories didn’t always make sense, but afraid that they would harm or even kill her, she checked herself into a psychiatric hospital. That’s where she was diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder,…