Post Traumatic Stress

Post Traumatic Stress

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can occur after you have been through a traumatic event. For service members, these events can include:


  • Combat exposure
  • Being physically injured
  • Seeing others killed or wounded
  • Terrorist attacks
  • Serious accidents
  • Sexual or physical assault

After the event, it’s natural to feel scared, confused or angry. However, if these feelings don’t go away with time, or they get worse, you may have PTSD.



How does PTSD develop?

PTSD can develop when someone lives through a traumatic event where they have witnessed horrifying events, which have left them feeling helpless and fearful for their lives. How likely you are to get PTSD depends on several things:

  • How intense the trauma was or how long it lasted
  • If you lost someone you were close to or were hurt
  • How strong your reaction was
  • How much you felt in control of events
  • How much help and support you got after the event

Many people who develop PTSD get better over time. But about one out of three people may need help or treatment for PTSD. Help is available through the IWAP program 24/7. Call 866-554-IWAP (4927).

What are the symptoms of PTSD?

  • Do you have trouble sleeping?
  • Having difficulty remembering?
  • Trouble concentrating?
  • Are you angry, irritable or anxious much of the time?
  • Do you have frightening thoughts or nightmares?
  • Are you jumpy or easily startled?
  • Are you emotionally numb or do you feel detached from other people and relationships?

These are not signs of weakness. These are common signs of post-traumatic stress disorder. It’s important to get help now. Left untreated, PTSD often leads to other devastating problems such as:

  • Alcohol abuse or drug problems
  • Feelings of hopelessness, shame or ‘survivor’s guilt’
  • Employment problems
  • Relationships problems including divorce and violence

What treatments are available?

Fortunately, there are many excellent treatments for PTSD available, including talk therapy, group therapy and medications. The first step is getting screened for PTSD. Call the Illinois Warrior Assistance Program at 866-554-IWAP (4927) and ask to be screened for PTSD.

IWAP is a confidential resource provided by the State of Illinois. It is not connected to the U.S. Armed Forces or the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. IWAP services are provided by Magellan Health, Inc., a nationally recognized leader in mental health and wellness.


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Common signs of Post-Traumatic Stress
and Traumatic Brain Injury:


MEMORY problems
Trouble CONCENTRATING
Re-occuring thoughts that FRIGHTEN you
IRRITABLE, frustrated and angry

Trouble SLEEPING or having nightmares
Feeling JUMPY, anxious or easily startled
Feeling emotionally NUMB
Feeling CUTOFF from other people and relationships