Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may develop following a severe traumatic event. Individuals may experience a feeling of numbness and lack of reality, recurrent thoughts, flashbacks or nightmares.
Last year Mike was involved in a serious car accident. Since then, he’s felt nervous about driving, and tends to avoid driving at night. When he’s reminded of the accident, he experiences the same feelings of fear as if it were happening to him again. Even without the reminders, he notices himself being on edge and jumpy. He doesn’t feel as sociable as he did before the accident, and very much wants his life back to how it was previous to the accident.