Jan. 24, 2009 -- (HealthDay News) -- Post-traumatic stress disorder is a severe anxiety condition that can follow a life-threatening or very frightening experience.
The American Academy of Family Physicians says these people are at greater risk of developing PTSD:
- People who are victims of rape, other physical assault or terrorism.
- People who have been in a car accident, natural disaster, flood or fire.
- People who have participated in war or other combat.
- People who have lost a family member or other loved one.
- People who have been diagnosed with a fatal disease.
- People who are rescue workers, such as firefighters or police officers.