Most people associate Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with those who have seen battle in the military, but anyone can develop it following any sort of traumatic event. It can develop from living in an environment that is abusive, violent, chaotic  or  where you have felt threatened or unsafe. It can occur after medical emergencies, after repeated difficult or traumatic procedures/ treatments for health issues orfrom near death situations. It can happen after accidents or natural disasters. It can develop in children as well as adults.

PTSD can affect people who personally experience the threatening event, those who witness the event, or those who pick up the pieces afterwards, such as emergency workers. PTSD can also result from surgery performed on children too young to fully understand what's happening to them. Here are some resources that you or someone you know might find helpful. There is help, healing and hope.