I think I have PTSD. What do I do now?

Often people are reluctant to discuss their traumatic experiences because it can bring back too many bad memories. As a result, PTSD patients often suffer in silence — sometimes for many years. Having PTSD does not mean you have a weakness, it means you have an illness. It is important to understand that PTSD is a treatable disorder and that your doctor can help.

When you visit your doctor, he or she "will want to give you a thorough physical exam to rule out the possibility of any other physical illness. As well, you can expect to be asked about any medication or drugs that you may currently be taking.