The history of the post traumatic stress disorder is not very long. Around 1911 scientific literature mentions the first cases. After the Great War (1914 - 1918) the number of cases increase dramatically. The post traumatic stress disorder is also known as shell shock.
What is post traumatic stress disorder:
A traumatic event is something that makes a great impression on you, where anxiety is the main problem. Examples are
- Criminal assault
- War, crisis intervention, peace keeping missions
- Air crash
- A situation you suspected not to survive
- Seeing one of the above situations happen
In many cases the impact of the trauma is lived through in a few weeks. Then you pickup your life as usual. If the following symptoms remain after more than three months you can talk about post traumatic stress disorder. It is also possible that these symptoms come up months or even years after the traumatic event happened. It is best you seek help.
These are normal reactions to abnormal situations
"Search and destroy rebels in the mountains is nothing compared to search and destroy rebels in your own hart."
(Wang Yangming, 1472 - 1529)