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The Medical Minute: Understanding post-traumatic stress disorder


Cover picture for the articleNewswise — Something awful happens. Physically, perhaps, you make it through fine. But for some, the trouble has just begun. Deeply upsetting or frightening events such as accidents, rape, military battles or natural disasters naturally cause fear, anxiety, agitation and other unpredictable emotions. But when these physiological responses linger or resurface long after the event has passed, it’s called post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

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