PTSD is a normal reaction to extreme trauma - some wounds are not visible.
What is PTSD? PTSD is short for post traumatic stress disorder. It is also known as shell shock, combat stress, and battle fatigue.
Any shattering event can lead to PTSD, however some careers can escalate the chances of a person suffering from PTSD. People of all ages can have post-traumatic stress disorder. Some factors may make you more likely to develop PTSD after a traumatic event. It can occur in professions where levels of high risk are involved, such as the Police, Ambulance, Fire Brigade, Armed Forces and the Medical profession. It can also happen to people when the experience an attack, being threatened, abuse, people who are the first degree relatives of those with mental health problems.
Many traumatic events can lead to PTS;, being involved in a fire, flood, a natural disaster, mugging, robbery, plane crash, abuse, car accident, life-threatening medical diagnosis, or any time an extreme or life-threatening event occurs.
Here are some links for more information and ways to help.
PTSD - link to Dept Veterans Affairs in the US
PTSD affects people from all ages and backgrounds.
Helping a friend or loved one with PTSD