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Is post-traumatic stress disorder normal after combat experience?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is sometimes described as a normal reaction to an abnormal situation. The emotions you feel immediately after a traumatic event are normal; it would be impossible not to have a response of some kind to a trauma. When the emotions or reactions continue long after the event is over, it is considered PTSD. Unfortunately, there is a stigma associated with PTSD due to misunderstanding of the condition. People may assume that sufferers of PTSD are weak-minded, or violent and dangerous. Fear of this stigma can prevent a veteran with PTSD from seeking help for his/her condition.

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