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.
Along with the rest of the country, I have watched, with absolute horror, the unfolding events at Penn State University over this past week. The alleged charges against Jerry Sandusky are horrendous. It is beyond imagination to believe that someone could prey on young children, to seek out at-risk and vulnerable children and then abuse them. It…