Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a real illness. You can get PTSD after living through or seeing a traumatic event, such as war, a hurricane, rape, physical abuse, or a bad accident. PTSD makes you feel stressed and afraid after the danger is over. It affects your life and the people around you.
PTSD can cause problems like
PTSD starts at different times for different people. Signs of PTSD may start soon after a frightening event and then continue. Other people develop new or more severe signs months or even years later. PTSD can happen to anyone, even children.
- Flashbacks, or feeling like the event is happening again
- Trouble sleeping or nightmares
- Feeling alone
- Angry outbursts
- Feeling worried, guilty or sad
Medicines can help you feel less afraid and tense. It might take a few weeks for them to work. Talking to a specially trained doctor or counselor also helps many people with PTSD. This is called talk therapy.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, or in an emergency, call 9-1-1 immediately.
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- National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
- The PTSD Information Center contains in-depth information on PTSD and traumatic stress for a general audience. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
- Gateway to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Information
- The Dart Foundation focuses on PTSD. Agencies and organizations included on its website are the National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD), which carries out research and education through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC), which raises awareness of needs of crime victims; Gift from Within (GFW), which provides support to PTSD victims, and the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a resource for journalists who cover traumatic events.
- Mental Health Connections is a mental health and substance abuse resource center serving the greater Fort Collins area. We provide referrals to local counselors, treatment programs, classes, support groups and other services, as well as many other resources.
- Colorado Crisis Services
- When you call Colorado Crisis Services, 1-844-493-8255, you will be connected to a trained crisis counselor. We provide confidential support, and staff is available 24/7/365. Walk-in crisis services are located across Colorado. In Fort Collins, the walk-in crisis center is at 1217 Riverside Ave., near Riverside and Lemay. For local assistance, call 970-494-4200.
- Sexual Assault Victims Advocates (SAVA)
- The SAVA Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to the needs of sexual assault survivors in Larimer County. It is the local rape crisis center. It strives to reduce sexual violence in Larimer County through targeted services.
- Veterans' Services, HealthInfoSource
- Veterans experiencing PTSD or other mental-health issues can find a comprehensive listing of local resources on this page of this website.
- Poudre River Public Library District
- Search the library collection for books about PTSD, or use the library's health, sciences and technology databases.
- Best Health Sites
- This collection of web links, organized by site type, will help you find the health information you're looking for.