Today, the 4th of July, seems a good time to post about Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which the Mayo Clinic says is a mental health condition that's triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. Many soldiers returning from the Middle East wars suffer from it, but it can affect many others for various reasons. Many people who go through traumatic events have difficulty adjusting and coping for a while, but they don't have PTSD — with time and good self-care, they usually get better. But if the symptoms get worse or last for months or even years and interfere with your functioning, you may have PTSD. Getting effective treatment after PTSD symptoms develop can be critical to reduce symptoms and improve function. You can develop post-traumatic stress disorder when you go through, see or learn about an event involving actual or threatened death, serious injury or sexual violation. Doctors aren't sure why some people get PTSD. As with most mental health problems, PTSD is probably caused by a complex mix of: Inherited mental health risks, such as an increased risk of anxiety and depression Life experiences, including the amount and severity of trauma you've gone through since early childhood Inherited aspects of your personality — often called your temperament The way your brain regulates the chemicals and hormones your body releases in response to stress Most web sites recommend those with PTSD see their doctor about it. But as we who know about TMS also think that the condition can be cured with TMS techniques. The Structured Educational Program is an excellent way to deal with any psychological problem. It is free in the subforum on this web site and has helped thousands to heal from their pains caused by their emotions.