Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

What is PTSD?

PTSD stands for post-traumatic stress disorder. When people see or are a part of scary events they may feel more nervous or scared. Being abused or being in a tornado are some things that can lead to PTSD.

If you are an adult, you may feel or experience these things:

  • More anger
  • Not wanting to do things you used to like
  • More nervous or scared
  • Bad dreams
  • Memories that bother you
  • Trouble sleeping or eating

If you are a parent of a child who may have PTSD, you may see in your child:

  • Nightmares
  • More fear
  • More anger
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Acting out the scary event in play

It is important to get help. Call your doctor. He or she can help you find a counselor.

Helpful Documents

View and print these helpful Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder handouts

PTSD: An Overview
PTSD: Alcohol and Substance Abuse
PTSD: Counseling for PTSD
PTSD: Fear and Anger in PTSD
PTSD: Helping a Family Member who has PTSD
PTSD: PTSD and Family
PTSD: PTSD and Panic Attacks
PTSD: PTSD and Suicidal Thoughts

The following sites have more information about PTSD. They have information about:

  • How PTSD is treated
  • Parenting a child with PTSD
  • Support groups

Trauma Resources

Screening Tools