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Posttraumatic stress disorder due to natural disasters?

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry
6 doctors agree

In brief: Can happen

Ptsd can result from witnessing or being victim of a natural disaster, especially if the emotional trauma is overwhelming and therefore hard to integrate into everyday experience.
Ptsd doesn't always happen, though: two people can have the same traumatic experience and only one gets ptsd. The causes of ptsd are not completely understood, & are likely some mixture of genes and experience.

In brief: Can happen

Ptsd can result from witnessing or being victim of a natural disaster, especially if the emotional trauma is overwhelming and therefore hard to integrate into everyday experience.
Ptsd doesn't always happen, though: two people can have the same traumatic experience and only one gets ptsd. The causes of ptsd are not completely understood, & are likely some mixture of genes and experience.
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Dr. Steven Reidbord
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Dr. Roxanne Lewis
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Definitely

A natural disaster where you were at risk of your life could very well cause PTSD.
Disasters are by definition events that can cause us stress and harm. See a professional for assistance--but recognize that PTSD can start right away OR be delayed by months or years. Nightmares, avoidance or reminders, and a loss of sense of security are indicators you need help.

In brief: Definitely

A natural disaster where you were at risk of your life could very well cause PTSD.
Disasters are by definition events that can cause us stress and harm. See a professional for assistance--but recognize that PTSD can start right away OR be delayed by months or years. Nightmares, avoidance or reminders, and a loss of sense of security are indicators you need help.
Dr. Roxanne Lewis
Dr. Roxanne Lewis
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Dr. Philip Miller
Family Medicine

In brief: Repost your question

any horrifying or psychologically damaging event can lead to PTSD.

In brief: Repost your question

any horrifying or psychologically damaging event can lead to PTSD.
Dr. Philip Miller
Dr. Philip Miller
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