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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.
Dr. Robert Stewart
Clinical Psychology 44 years experience
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.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Yes: This is of significant concern in the military where suicides have risen in the wake of oif & oef. Post traumatic stress disorder (ptsd) is usually also associated with either depressed mood or clinical depression. Relentless nightmares and insomnia, combined with the exhaustion that results from non-stop hypervigilance heavily taxes one's reserves. Flashbacks can be completely debiltating.

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

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

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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
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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!
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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.

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