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What are the different forms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has three forms:
  • acute, in which symptoms last one to three months after the trauma
  • chronic, in which the symptoms last three months or more
  • delayed onset, in which at least six months pass between the traumatic event and the start of symptoms.

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