Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may affect 10 percent of all women because of frequent incidents of violence, neglect and sexual abuse. The good news is that there are many effective treatments for PTSD that can help women cope with past trauma and live their lives to the fullest.

What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a psychological condition that arises in response to physical, mental, emotional or sexual trauma. It is classified as an anxiety disorder because many of the most common symptoms are anxiety-related:

  • Physical symptoms. Survivors of trauma can be hypervigilant, jumpy or on edge at all times. Many patients withdraw from physical touch, appear numb or express violent rage.
  • Flashbacks. Many patients will experience painful and intrusive memories in the form of flashbacks, panic attacks and nightmares.
  • Avoidance. Survivors will often try to block out memories or avoid talking about the traumatic event in the hopes of making the trauma go away