Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health

Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Overview

Many survivors of sexual and non-sexual assault, combat, accident, natural disaster or other traumatic events suffer from Post-Traumatic 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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