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Teen Health 411
Teen Health 411

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Research

According to the NIMH Fact Sheet about PTSD, it is an anxiety disorder that some people develop after living through a traumatic event. Symptoms include:
  • flashbacks or bad dreams;
  • emotional numbness;
  • intense guilt or worry;
  • angry outbursts;
  • feeling "on edge;" and
  • avoiding thoughts or situations that remind them of the event.
These symptoms last more than one month and are treated with psychotherapy (talking to a therapist), medications, or a combination of the two.

If your teen has experienced a traumatic event and you think s/he may be experiencing PTSD, call your doctor and seek out counseling without delay.

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Dr. Brown is a developmental psychologist specializing in adolescent health.