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What is Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychological disorder that can affect people who have been exposed to a traumatic event. Most sufferers of such trauma will experience acute psychological and physical reactions afterwards. If they persist, it is called post-traumatic stress reactions. The reactions can be depressive thoughts, strong fear, memories of the event and reliving the event. PTSD can severely affect day-to-day life, and many people drop out of studies and work as a result.

The National PTSD Association estimates that 1-2% of the population in Norway has PTSD at any given time but few are familiar with the diagnosis. People can develop PTSD if they have experienced a natural disaster, a terror attack, an accident, blind violence or assault. Many also develop PTSD if they have been bullied over time, have had a difficult childhood or have fled from war zones.