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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one of the conditions known as anxiety disorders. PTSD can be triggered by any severe ordeal, including combat, natural disaster, physical or sexual abuse, violent criminal activity, or even diagnosis of a serious illness. PTSD can occur in both children and adults. Treatment of PTSD can include talk therapy, medication or other treatments.

Internet Resources

MedlinePlus: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Developed at the National Library of Medicine specifically for health care consumers, this site is a portal for trusted sources of both government-sponsored and privately developed health information targeting the lay public.

National Institute of Mental Health: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
The National Institute of Mental Health is part of the National Institutes of Health and its mission is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.

National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
The National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was created within the Department of Veterans Affairs in 1989 to advance the clinical care and social welfare of America’s veterans through research, education, and training in the science, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD and stress-related disorders.


  • Once a warrior, always a warrior: navigating the transition from combat to home—including combat stress, PTSD, and mTBI. Hoge C. 2010.
  • Enhancing resilience in survivors of family violence. Anderson K . 2010.
  • Healing suicidal veterans. Montgomery V. 2009.
  • Explaining “unexplained” illnesses. Pall M. 2007.
  • Compassion and courage in the aftermath of traumatic loss. Bedard K. 2006.
  • Healing Invisible Wounds: Paths to Hope and Recovery in a Violent World. Mollica, R. 2006.
  • Flashback: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Suicide, and the Lessons of War. Coleman, P. 2006.
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health. Fundukian, L. J. & Wilson, J. eds. 2008. p. 901-906. Available in print at the Health Learning Center or electronically at http://www.nmh.org/nm/health+library+virtual+library.

Journals and Journal Articles

  • “A new look at stress disorder.” Mayo Clinic Health Letter, 28(6):4. June 2010.
  • “Simple questionnaire screens for common psychiatric disorders.” Duke Medicine Health News, 16(6):7. June 2010.
  • “Morphine and traumatic memory. Easing pain early on reduces risk of post-traumatic stress disorder.” Harvard Mental Health Letter, 26(10):6. Apr. 2010.
  • “Getting help for post-combat mental health problems.” Harvard Mental Health Letter, 24(10):6. Apr. 2008.
  • “Rethinking posttraumatic stress disorder. What is a traumatic event and how does it produce symptoms?” Harvard Mental Health Letter, 24(2):1-4. Aug. 2007.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the Health Learning Center at 312.926.5465 or HLC@nmh.org.

Last UpdateDecember 2, 2011