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Post-traumatic stress disorder can affect anyone

9/8/2010, 5:57 a.m.

USA WEEKEND Health

Although we associate it with those in the military who can't quit reliving the memories of battle, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can affect anyone who has experienced significant emotional trauma. Unlike psychiatric illnesses such as depression, PTSD is precipitated by external events, either occurring to the individual alone (a car accident, a robbery) or as part of a group (a hurricane, flood, refugees, war).

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