Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Overview

Many survivors of sexual and non-sexual assault, combat, accident, natural disaster or other traumatic events suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and continue to feel extreme anxiety and helplessness long after the trauma. Symptoms of PTSD include intrusive thoughts, flashbacks, nightmares, extreme distress when reminded of the trauma, sleep disturbances, difficulty concentrating, hyper-alertness, and loss of interest in usual activities. We have developed highly effective psychotherapy programs for individuals who continue to suffer PTSD and other long-term trauma-related symptoms and problems.

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