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

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
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.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Sxs: Ptsd has 3 types of sxs. Avoidance of people, places, things, thoughts, emotions or memories that trigger symptoms. Reliving- intrusive memories, flashbacks- just not being able to get it out of your head. Arousal- robust fight or flight reactions, irritability, panic, gut-level visceral reactions. Emotional numbing is the flip side of the hyper-arousal. Ptsd is not a fun disorder.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Symptom inquiry: The doctor should inquire if the patient has been in a situation where the patient believes loss of life or catastrophic injury was imminent, and with no means of escape. Symptoms from these experiences include, hypervigilance, sleep loss, nightmares, reliving the trauma, social withdrawal, anhedonia, temper outbursts, emotional withdrawal, feelings of unfinished business, and adrenalin seeking.

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

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What is post-traumatic stress disorder/ptsd?

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Can post traumatic stress disorder ptsd lead to suicide?

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Dr. Michael Welsh
Clinical Psychology 18 years experience
Yes - see link.: The short answer is yes. A significant number of soldiers returning from war zones have been committing suicide. This has become of a major issue that the gov't is trying to address. http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/pages/ptsd-suicide.asp.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Is ptsd (post traumatic stress disorder) a type of behavioral disorder or anxiety disorder?

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Dr. Richard Levenson
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
PTSD: Ptsd is an anxiety disorder, but i believe one day it will be classified as a variant of depression. As with any mental disorder, there are behavioral manifestations.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What kind of doctor can treat post traumatic stress disorder(ptsd)?

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Psychiatry 32 years experience
PTSD: A psychiatrist if psychotherapy & medications. A psychologist if psychotherapy alone.

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