Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or "PTSD", is a mental health problem that can occur after someone goes through a traumatic event like war, assault, or disaster. People who suffer from PTSD often relive the experience through nightmares and intrusive memories. They have difficulty sleeping, and may feel detached from others, from their own experiences, and from the world around them. Most people have some stress reactions after a trauma. If the reactions don't go away over time or disrupt your life, treatment can help.
The important thing to remember is that effective treatment is available.
You don’t have to live with your symptoms forever.
The Central Texas Veterans Health Care System offers treatment for PTSD on an outpatient basis and on a more intensive residential basis. Outpatient care is available at the Austin, Temple, and Waco sites. The residential program is located in Waco. Read our frequently asked questions.