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How is post-traumatic stress disorder related to emotional trauma?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), first formally diagnosed in returning soldiers of the Vietnam War, is a disorder that may develop after acute emotional trauma and traumatic stress. Symptoms of PTSD include flashbacks and nightmares which cause you to relive in your mind the emotionally traumatic incident. People with PTSD often cannot stop the cycle of thinking about what has happened to them.

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