Post traumatic stress disorder affects both our physical and mental health. The physical effects of PTSD include changes in physiologic measures (such as blood pressure and heart rate) and in levels of neurotransmitters. Some of the mental effects of PTSD include depression, anxiety, and addiction.
Stress affects our health through the interaction of characteristics inherent both within the stressor and the person’s response to it. Moderate stressors affect our health often in positive ways. However, if the stressor is severe and chronic, it may cause brain damage and other serious diseases.