PTSD affects a person's memory, their relationships with other people and increases their emotional responses to situations. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an issue that many people do not understand or even know much about. The symptoms are difficult to recognize because they mimic other disorders and may not appear until weeks or months after an incident. But for those who suffer from it, the pain is very real.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), PTSD is usually triggered by a traumatic or dangerous event. We frequently hear about soldiers who are diagnosed with it when they return home after serving in an armed conflict and seeing their comrades killed or maimed, or being injured themselves.

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Patricia L. Harman

Patricia L. Harman is the editor-in-chief of Claims magazine, a contributing editor to, and chairs the annual America's Claims Event (ACE), which focuses on providing claims professionals with cutting-edge education and networking opportunities. She covers auto, property & casualty, workers' compensation, fraud, risk and cybersecurity, and is a frequent speaker at insurance industry events. Contact her at [email protected]

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