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Could I have post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with vision loss?

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is type of anxiety disorder that occurs after experiencing a very frightening event such as a crime, accident, bombing or terrorist attack. While not everyone who experiences the trauma needs treatment, PTSD can affect some individuals so horrifically that their daily lives become dysfunctional.

When someone with PTSD lives with pent-up fears and anxiety, they are at higher risk for drug or alcohol abuse, job loss, and even suicide. PTSD is linked to some illnesses such as high blood pressure, chronic pain and sleep problems.

PTSD symptoms can happen instantaneously or they may not occur for months to even years after the trauma. Someone with PTSD may experience avoidance and isolation, flashbacks, sleep disorders, feelings of helplessness, guilt feelings and even feeling as if you’re mentally ill.

Acute PTSD symptoms last from one to three months after the trauma. Chronic (long-term) PTSD symptoms last longer with at least six months between the symptoms and the trauma.

PTSD is treated with cognitive behavioral therapy and exposure therapy. Medications may be prescribed by the physician or mental health professional.

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