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Post-dramatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is an anxiety disorder caused by a very stressful, frightening or distressing event. Many people associate PTSD with the war and combat, but it can be caused by other events, including losing someone close, by being a victim of rape, being mugged or by simply witnessing a distressing event. Someone with PTSD often relive the traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks. They may experience feelings of isolation, irritability and guilt. Persons suffering from PTSD may have problems sleeping and find it difficult to concentrate. They may go out of their way to avoid anything that reminds them of the event, which could include both places and people. Symptoms of PTSD are often severe and persistent enough to have a significant impact on a person's day-to-day life.

Signs to look out for include showing less or no interest in normal daily life and activities, appearing detached from colleagues, friends and family, showing signs of distress and anxiety, particularly when encountering situations that remind them of the problems or using alcohol or drugs as an attempt to try and mask the feelings. The main treatments for PTSD are psychological therapies and medication. Recognition that this is a serious mental illness for the individual and talking about their feelings and emotions in severe situations is better signposted to a professional. A GP can refer an individual to a clinic that specialises in PTSD. The charity Mind offers help and information about how to access help for the treatment of PTSD.