Category Archives: What is PTSD?

Combat and Operational Stress Reaction

Combat and Operational Stress Reaction (COSR) is a term used within the military to describe acute behavioural disorganisation seen by medical personnel as a direct result of the trauma of war. Also known as “combat fatigue,” it has some overlap with the diagnosis of acute stress reaction used in civilian psychiatry. Historically, it has some… Read More »

Acute stress disorder

Acute stress disorder (also called acute stress reaction, psychological shock, mental shock, or simply shock) is a psychological condition arising in response to a terrifying or traumatic event. It should not be confused with the unrelated circulatory condition of shock. “Acute stress response” was first described by Walter Cannon in the 1920s as a theory that animals react… Read More »

How do you get PTSD?

How do you get PTSD? You can get PTSD by living through or seeing something (being witness) that’s upsetting and dangerous. You can get PTSD after some traumatic events like: Being a victim of or seeing violence The death or serious illness of a loved one War, combat, natural disaster Car accidents and plane crashes Hurricanes,… Read More »

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

PTSD, or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, is an emotional illness that can occur following the experience or witnessing of a life-threatening events such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or physical or sexual assault, abuse in adult or childhood. PTSD is different from traumatic stress, which is less intense and shorter, and combat stress… Read More »

How do you get PTSD?

How do you get PTSD? You can get PTSD by living through or seeing something (being witness) that’s upsetting and dangerous. You can get PTSD after some traumatic events like: Being a victim of or seeing violence The death or serious illness of a loved one War, combat, natural disaster Car accidents and plane crashes Hurricanes,… Read More »