By: H.W. Poole

Series Consultant: Anne S. Walters, PhD

It has been estimated that as many as 50 percent of Americans will experience some form of trauma in their lives. Such as military combat, a violent crime, a natural disaster, a serious car accident,etc
Sometimes people with PTSD use alcohol or drugs to try and erase their bad memories. This will make the PTSD moods worse, and it will also increase feelings or helplessness.
People with PTSD will often be prescribed antidepressant or anti anxiety medication. The hope is that the patient will only take the medicine for a short time. However medication does not fix PTSD.
People in law enforcement are also at risk of PTSD because they are exposed to trauma in their jobs.
When people hear the term PTSD they often think of soldiers, but traumatic events can happen to anyone.
PTSD is a mental disorder

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