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GLOSSARY

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

DEFINITION

Post-traumatic stress disorder, PTSD, is a serious mental health issue that frequently develops following a stressful experience or event. Some of the most common examples of situations where post-traumatic stress disorder may appear include following a physical assault, after a car accident, or following a tour of duty in an active combat zone. Some of the most common symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder include flashbacks, sweating, difficulty sleeping, emotional lability, and a high respiratory rate. There are numerous treatment options for PTSD, including therapy and prescription medications. In addition, a group called MAPS is researching the effectiveness of MDMA treatment for those suffering from PTSD. The group is trying to get full FDA approval for MDMA treatment for individuals suffering from PTSD.

If you or someone you know is in immediate distress or is thinking about hurting themselves, call or text the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline toll-free: Call:1-800-273-TALK (8255) Text: HELLO to 741741

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