How long after combat does PTSD show up in a veteran?

For most affected veterans, symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) usually appear within the first three months after the traumatic event. For others, symptoms may appear very soon after the event, and only become problematic as they worsen. In delayed onset PTSD, symptoms will not appear until about six months to a year after the trauma was experienced.

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