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Mental Health at McMaster

Prioritizing Optimal Health & Well-being at McMaster

Trauma/PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious potentially debilitating psychiatric disorder that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.

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Trauma is the response to a deeply distressing or disturbing event that overwhelms an individual’s ability to cope, causes feelings of helplessness, diminishes their sense of self and their ability to feel a full range of emotions and experiences.

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