What is post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD? What causes it? How do I know I have it? How can it be treated?
These questions come up more often than ever before, particularly as thousands of men and women return from long military campaigns during which they may have witnessed horrific events. But it is not limited to the military—victims of domestic or sexual abuse, survivors of accidents or accidental shootings, even those affected by the recent cascade of natural disasters, are prone to developing PTSD.
To learn more, Allure magazine recently sat down with Charles R. Marmar, MD, the chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Pelisyonkis Langone Health and a global authority on PTSD, to learn more. In a Q&A, Dr. Marmar explains: “About 1 in 11 people will suffer from PTSD at some point in their lifetime.”
“The most common symptoms are nightmares, flashbacks to traumatic events, edginess and being easily startled,” Dr. Marmar says. “Most people have the resilience to recover, but many don’t. Those that don’t need to seek care for PTSD before this illness completely consumes them.”
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