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When is post traumatic stress actually post traumatic stress disorder ?

When is post traumatic stress actually post traumatic stress disorder ?

PTSD: First, an individual goes through or witnesses an event that is outside the realm of normal, every-day human experience. If he/she has strong coping skills, it's just a bad experience. However, if coping skills are strained and fail, one can develop acute stress disorder if within 30 days of the event. After approximately one month, the diagnosis of ptsd can be made. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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What is the technical definition of post traumatic stress disorder and how it should be handled?

What is the technical definition of post traumatic stress disorder and how it should be handled?

PTSD is a condition: That may develop after experiencing a horrific or life threatening experience (s). It has symptoms of hypervigilance, marked arousal (fight vs flight rxns), reliving through intrussive memories, nightmares & possibly flashbacks with avoidance of thoughts, memories or triggers for feelings about traumatic events. Treatment is best with a therapist who is experienced with ptsd. ...Read more

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Is post traumatic stress disorder a lifelong affliction?

Is post traumatic stress disorder a lifelong affliction?

Typically but: Through proper psychological counseling and possible medication treatment you can get much, much better. I have worked with many victims of interpersonal trauma whose symptoms of post-traumatic stress have decreased so much that they can live a full and meaningful life. I hope this happens for you. ...Read more

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How does post traumatic stress disorder effect war veterans and families?

How does post traumatic stress disorder effect war veterans and families?

PTSD effects on fami: Can be damaging for veteran and family. Combat capacity can be reduced, endurance reduced as soldier is not at perfect health before engaging action. Mind not as sharp though already in hyper-arousal state. Wrongful decision-making hurt split second decision in life and death matter. Family harmony disturbed by extreme tension of untreated ptsd which aggravates with time. ...Read more

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Can post traumatic stress disorder ptsd lead to suicide?

Can post traumatic stress disorder ptsd lead to suicide?

Yes.: A traumatic experience, by definition, temporarily overwhelms a person's ability to cope with it. Ptsd can be extremely distressing and long lasting if not treated properly. Suicide is an act of desperation to stop pain or distress that is unbearable when the person sees no other alternative. It is important to know there are effective ways to treat ptsd. ...Read more

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How can post traumatic stress disorder effect war veterans?

How can  post traumatic stress disorder effect war veterans?

Harshly: Veterens with post-traumatic stress disorder ("ptsd") often have intrusive memories of an experience in which they felt extreme threat to their physical or psychological well-being. These intrusive memories can be in the form of flashbacks, nightmares, or even "re-living" the trauma in the present. Other symptoms can include avoiding places that remind of the trauma or just feeling numb. ...Read more

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Why depression a universal symptom of post traumatic stress disorder?

Why depression a universal symptom of post traumatic stress disorder?

PTSD depresion: Wrong! ptsd not always accompanied by depression, though depression frequently comes along or may precede or follows. People with already a mental issue suffers more risk of ptsd after a trauma. Drug users also suffers more ptsd after trauma, as they have a mental issue preceding the trauma. ...Read more

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Post traumatic stress disorder..Is this a serious condition?

Post traumatic stress disorder..Is this a serious condition?

Yes, it can be: Post traumatic stress disorder causes a huge amount of suffering and loss of function in children and adults. It can lead to severe anxiety, insomnia, depression, and suicide. It can stem from an almost infinite variety of frightening experiences. Yet, it can be treated. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (ptsd)?

What are the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (ptsd)?

PTSD: Ptsd can develop after you've seen or experienced a traumatic event that involved the threat of injury or death. Symptoms include reliving the event through flashbacks, repeated nightmares & memories of event, etc; avoidance or emotional numbing, feeling detached, having no interest in usual activities; and arousal -- difficulty concentrating, falling/staying asleep, startling, & hypervigilance. ...Read more

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Could post traumatic stress disorder be related to phobias?

Could post traumatic stress disorder be related to phobias?

PTSD: I had to think about this before i answered. Although post traumatic stress disorder & phobias are 2 different anxiety disorders there is a possible connection. If someone has a severe phobia, a significant exposure to the dreaded object (enough to cause horror or intense fear) may be enough to trigger a post traumatic response. It may or may not rise to the level of meeting DX criteria. ...Read more

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How can post traumatic stress disorder differ from acute stress discorded?

It is the length of: Symptoms. How long after the traumas relates to delayed reaction. It should be noted that in a combat scenario, the time clock begins after leaving the combat zone ( the trauma itself). ...Read more

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How does post traumatic stress disorder affect war veterans?

How does post traumatic stress disorder affect war veterans?

Extremely painful: Ptsd is very painful and frightening for anyone -- including war veterans. It can make them unable to sleep; be constantly on guard for danger; have flashbacks of horrifying events; feel numb to many emotions; lash out in fear & anger; and can destroy relationships. There is help for this condition, through a variety of therapies and medications as needed. ...Read more

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I think I have ptsd (post traumatic stress disorder). What should I do?

I think I have ptsd (post traumatic stress disorder). What should I do?

Let me explain: Today, there are good treatments available for ptsd. When you have ptsd, dealing with the past can be hard. Instead of telling others how you feel, you may keep your feelings bottled up. But talking with a therapist can help you get better. Find what kind problem you have and then treat it. Read this web site to see more details. http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/pages/treatment-ptsd.asp good luck. ...Read more

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Post traumatic stress disorder I have been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder, 2 times in my life by henry ford hospital. If i go to a doctor, or therapist i'm sure there will be a third diagnoses. What can I do to help me move through this.

Post traumatic stress disorder I have been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder, 2 times in my life by henry ford hospital.  If i go to a doctor, or therapist i'm sure there will be a third diagnoses.

What can I do to help me move through this.

Although : Although post traumatic stress disorder may resolve completely, it can also become more symptomatic with new traumas. The three main categories of symptoms are avoidance, reliving and hyperarousal. Avoidance is a hallmark symptom. You might want to avoid people, places, sounds, smells, events that trigger feelings or memories associated with the traumatic events. Reliving can take the form of nightmares or during the daytime you may have memories of old traumas, or feel like you are back there again. The most significant form of reliving is called flashbacks. These are vivid and the person actually believes they are back in their traumatic situation. It can be accompanied by hallucinations. Hyperarousal means that you may be more reactive. You may have insomnia, be irritable, your heart rate might sore as if you were about to respond to danger when it isn't present. The good news is that ptsd is treatable. You might wish to see a therapist who is experienced in cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt) or cognitive processing therapy (cpt). Sometimes medications are indicated. Medical acupuncture is also used to treat ptsd. ...Read more

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Do all veterans have post traumatic stress disorder?

Do all veterans have post traumatic stress disorder?

Most don't have PTSD: Most military personnel do not even serve in combat areas. And most of the ones who do, do not experience the kinds of traumatic situations that can lead to ptsd. And even of the small minority who *are* exposed to psychological trauma, not all go on to suffer ptsd. Getting ptsd appears to result from a combination of personality factors plus trauma exposure. ...Read more

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Why depression a universal symptom of post traumatic stress disorder?

PTSD depresion: Wrong! ptsd not always accompanied by depression, though depression frequently comes along or may precede or follows. People with already a mental issue suffers more risk of ptsd after a trauma. Drug users also suffers more ptsd after trauma, as they have a mental issue preceding the trauma. ...Read more

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Posttraumatic stress disorder due to natural disasters?

Posttraumatic stress disorder due to natural disasters?

Can happen: Ptsd can result from witnessing or being victim of a natural disaster, especially if the emotional trauma is overwhelming and therefore hard to integrate into everyday experience. Ptsd doesn't always happen, though: two people can have the same traumatic experience and only one gets ptsd. The causes of ptsd are not completely understood, & are likely some mixture of genes and experience. ...Read more

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How to deal with post traumatic stress disorder?

How to deal with post traumatic stress disorder?

PTSD: Often responds well to cognitive processing therapy (a form of cognitive behavioral therapy), emdr, specialized group therapy, virtual reality exposure therapy, psychoeducation and psychiatric medications are sometimes warranted as well. ...Read more

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What are the tests for post-traumatic stress disorder?

What are the tests for post-traumatic stress disorder?

No tests but criteri: There are no "tests" for ptsd but rather criteria: a history of exposure to a traumatic event meeting two criteria and symptoms from each of three symptom clusters: intrusive recollections, avoidant/numbing symptoms, and hyper-arousal symptoms. A fifth criterion concerns duration of symptoms and a sixth assesses functioning. Please see http://www.Ptsd.Va.Gov/professional/pages/dsm-iv-tr-ptsd.Asp. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (Ptsd) (Definition)

A serious and potentially debilitating condition that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a natural disaster, serious accident, terrorist incident, sudden death of a loved one, war, violent personal assault such as rape, or other life-threatening events. ...Read more