Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) occurs when a person has difficulty recovering after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event.  The condition may last months or years, with triggers that can bring back memories of the trauma accompanied by intense emotional and physical reactions.

People with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) have intense, disturbing thoughts and feelings related to their experience that last long after the traumatic event has ended. They may relive the event through flashbacks or nightmares; they may feel sadness, fear or anger; and they may feel detached or estranged from other people. People with PTSD may avoid situations or people that remind them of the traumatic event, and they may have strong negative reactions to something as ordinary as a loud noise or an accidental touch. Not everyone with PTSD has been through a dangerous event. Some experiences, like the sudden, unexpected death of a loved one, can also cause PTSD.

The American Psychiatric Association,  the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies,  the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration,  the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs/Department of Defense, The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews , and the  World Health Organization among many other national and international organizations recognize EMDR therapy as an effective treatment for PTSD.

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