Health Tip: Triggers for PTSD

Events that increase a person's risk

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(HealthDay News) -- Post-traumatic stress disorder is a severe anxiety condition that can follow a life-threatening or very frightening experience.

The American Academy of Family Physicians says these people are at greater risk of developing PTSD:

  • People who are victims of rape, other physical assault or terrorism.
  • People who have been in a car accident, natural disaster, flood or fire.
  • People who have participated in war or other combat.
  • People who have lost a family member or other loved one.
  • People who have been diagnosed with a fatal disease.
  • People who are rescue workers, such as firefighters or police officers.

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