Post-traumatic stress disorder is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events.
Someone with PTSD often relives the traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks, and may experience feelings of isolation, irritability and guilt.
They may also have problems sleeping, such as insomnia, and find concentrating difficult.
PTSD can develop immediately after someone experiences a disturbing event or it can occur weeks, months or even years later.
PTSD is estimated to affect about one in every three people who have a traumatic experience, but it’s not clear exactly why some people develop the condition and others don’t.
Veterans’ mental health charity Combat Stress is available 24 hours a day on 0800 138 1619 for veterans and their families, 0800 323 444 for serving personnel and their families, via text on 07537 404719, or throughte
Veterans’ charity SSAFA is available on 0800 731 4880 or through.
The Government’s Veterans’ Gateway offers advice and help for veterans seeking support and can be contacted on 0800 802 1212 or through.
offers a helpline on 0300 123 3393 from 9am to 6pm.