Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can be caused by many traumatic events, including domestic violence and sexual assault. PTSD traumatic events are often shocking and dangerous, they trigger fear to help the body defend and protect itself against the dangers. These triggers can still happen after the event occurred, causing people with post-traumatic stress disorder to feel fear, and anxiety when there is no danger present. We will cover some basic information about post-traumatic stress disorder, but you should always consult a professional if you feel that you or someone you know may suffer from such a disorder. Contact The Shelter to speak with a trained advocate, 800-931-7233.


Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms:

  • Flashbacks
  • Bad dreams
  • Frightening thoughts

You may be able to avoid these symptoms by staying away from things that are a reminder of the traumatic event which triggers the symptoms.


Other symptoms can disrupt daily life of someone suffering from PTSD and may make them feel distant from loved ones, these include:

  • Being easily startled
  • Feeling tense
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Outbursts of anger
  • Trouble remembering details of the trauma
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Guilt
  • Loss of interest in usually enjoyable activities

Not all traumatized people develop Post-traumatic stress disorder, likewise, people who have experienced a dangerous or violent event are not the only people who develop Post-traumatic stress disorder as there are many other traumatizing events people can experience. When symptoms are severe enough to interfere with life and relationships with friends and loved ones, a person should seek a professional such as, psychiatrist or psychologist who can diagnose and recommend treatments.


Though anyone can develop post-traumatic stress disorder there are risk factors when exposed to them can increase the chances of developing it.

  • Traumatic events
  • Dangerous events
  • Childhood trauma
  • Feeling extreme fear
  • Having extra stress after a traumatic event
  • History of mental illness or substance abuse

Research has found some activities that can help recovery such as; getting support from friends and family or a support group, working on positive self-esteem, and developing positive coping mechanisms which can help you deal with fear and bad events.



If you would like to speak to a trained advocate who can connect you with resources, please call The Shelter, 800-931-7233.


National Institute of Mental Health. (n.d.) PTSD. Retrieved from: