The symptoms of PTSD often begin immediately after a traumatic incident. Occasionally, symptoms will emerge many years after the incident. To qualify for a diagnosis of PTSD, symptoms must last more than a month and be severe enough to interfere with relationships or work, or be highly upsetting to the individual. Similarly, the course of the condition can vary.
Some people recover within six months, while others have symptoms that last much longer. In some people, the condition becomes chronic. The earlier treatment is offered, the less likely PTSD will become a chronic condition. In many cases, if active duty personnel with PTSD are given treatment soon after they begin to show symptoms, there is no negative career impact and they are able to have a successful career and rewarding social life.
Types of Symptoms
PTSD treatment is available to Air Force personnel in all military treatment facilities, CONUS and OCONUS.
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National Institute of Mental Health
National Center for PTSD