Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was formally recognized as a mental disorder after the famous Vietnam War, where soldiers appeared to be in ‘shell shock’ even after they left the war zone, fearfully recalling the trauma of combat, and unable to adjust to life afterwards.
Fearful experiences during natural disasters - tornadoes, tsunami, and earthquake leave victims devastated and prone to PTSD symptoms. Fear for their life and a sense of acute danger during the event gets etched in their memory, haunting them incessantly. Victims are unable to lead a normal life.
Is it necessary to seek medical care?
Traumatic events do cause distress to most of us, but many bounce back from the trauma after a brief period of agony. For some, the memories linger and cause a problem in their day to day functioning. If symptoms last more than a month and begins to affect job performance or normal functioning, then it is time to consult a mental health specialist.