PTSD Basics

After a trauma or life-threatening event, it is common to have reactions such as upsetting memories of the event, increased jumpiness, or trouble sleeping. If these reactions do not go away or if they get worse, you may have Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

General Information on PTSD

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Getting Help for PTSD

Return from War

Understanding PTSD

A Guide for Families of Military Personnel

This guide can help family members with reintegration following war. Learn how other families and military members dealt with common challenges.


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A Guide for Military Personnel

This guide is to help military personnel understand what to expect when returning from a war zone, and to help them to better adapt back to home life. Includes full color photos, stories, and live links! View online or print for handouts.


Deployment Information for Servicemembers and Veterans

Deployment Information for Families

Issues Specific to Women

Army service womanWe now know a great deal about women's experiences of trauma and PTSD. The most common types of traumatic experiences women have are different than men. Also, while both men and women report the same symptoms of PTSD, some symptoms are more common for women or men. Some research shows that women may also be more likely to seek help after a traumatic event.

This section provides information about trauma, PTSD, and treatment that is specific women.

General Information for Women

  • Women, Trauma, and PTSD
    Learn about trauma and PTSD in women.
  • Sexual Assault against Females
    Defines sexual assault, how often it occurs, and the characteristics of perpetrators. Discusses women's reactions to sexual assault and what to do if you have been sexually assaulted.

Combat-Related Trauma in Women