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What is post-traumatic stress disorder/ptsd?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
PTSD: Ptsd is a type of anxiety disorder that can develop after seeing or experiencing a traumatic event that involved the threat of injury or death. It can happen in all ages --after natural disasters such as floods, fires, and earthquakes, or other events such as rape, domestic violence, war, terrorism, or other assaults. History of previous trauma may increase likelihood of ptsd after a new event.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
PTSD: Ptsd may occur if one is involved in life threatening or horrific experience (s). It leads to hypervigilance & a constant sense of being unsafe. One goes into fight or flight mode with little provocation & avoids people, places or things that trigger sxs. The trauma replays through dreams, memories, flashbacks & intrussive thoughts/ feelings. Ptsd deeply effects families. It can impact the soul.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Threat of death : PTSD is a post trauma reaction to being in the situation of impending real or perceived loss of life, or inability to is scape. Examples of this would come from being in combat situations, or severe physical or sexual abuse. There are degrees of PTSD, it is not a matter of either the patient does or does not have it, it's not all or none.
Dr. Sherry Broadwell
Clinical Psychology 23 years experience
Symptom Clusters: The diagnosis of PTSD requires four sets of symptom clusters, including intrusion or re-experiencing, avoidance of people, places, and things associated with the trauma, negative alterations in mood or thought, and hyper-arousal. Less commonly, dissociation may occur where feelings of being disconnected from oneself or the sense that that one's surroundings aren't real are experienced.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

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.
A 46-year-old member asked:

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

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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 41 years experience
FaceTheIssuesGetHelp: The term ptsd has become a marketed fad, very real, just not unique to only soldiers having experienced battle, maiming & death; common to anyone having faced experiences which powerfully challenge their previous experiences & beliefs. Humans, as part of freedom, can be extremely violent, mean & cruel, sometimes temporarily “enjoying” a sense of power. Keep your faith! there is more to life!
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.

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