Tackling PTSD -- Cook County Health provides symptoms to look for after a traumatic event

By Elizabeth Pedersen
Cook County Health
Updated 6/21/2019 7:35 AM

There is a misconception that post-traumatic stress disorder is a diagnosis just for individuals who have been to war, but that is not true.

A person can suffer from PTSD if they been involved in a dangerous, shocking or life-threatening event.


PTSD is a real mental health problem, and Cook County Health wants people to know that no one should feel ashamed of seeking treatment.

According to the National Center for PTSD, nearly eight out of every 100 people will experience PTSD at some point in their lives, and it can happen at any age.

Research shows that woman actually experience PTSD at a higher rate than men -- nearly double.

Examples of PTSD include witnessing a deadly accident, living in a violent neighborhood, being a victim of abuse or losing a loved one.

People can often feel like their lives are in serious danger afterward.

However, there are many ways that one can feel the effects of such a traumatic event.

Some symptoms of PTSD include anxiety, depression, nightmares and flashbacks, frightening thoughts, and avoiding any reminders associated with the incident.

If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms on a reoccurring basis, it is best to seek medical treatment.

Cook County Health is here to help. Visit the website at cookcountyhealth.org or call (312) 864-0200 to find a provider who can assist you.

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