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how to tell if i have post traumatic stress disorder?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
PTSD: Hyperarousal, avoidance, hypervigilance. Most common are loss of interest or pleasure, nightmares, flashbacks, despair/hopelessness, anger/irritability, and somatic complaints such as headaches.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
In order to develop: Ptsd you must have witnessed or experienced a horrific or life threatening trauma (s). What follows are symptoms such as nightmares, insomnia, anxiety, panic, hypervigilance, increased startle response, avoidance of people, places, smells or things that remind you of past trauma, physiologic hyperarousal to triggers, irritability, anger, isolation from others, emotional numbing, etc. Get help.
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
PTSD is...: an anxiety condition that develops from exposure to scary and often life-threatening event(s). It can impact relationships, job and educational performance, and other aspects of life. I provided a link that offers an overview of symptoms and treatment options. If concerned for yourself/another person, or for guidance please consider consulting HealthTap psychologist or psychiatrist. Be well.
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
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May 20, 2016

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A 40-year-old member asked:

How can you tell when a person has really got post traumatic stress disorder?

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Dr. TRUC DAO
Dr. TRUC DAOanswered
Psychiatry 37 years experience
PTSD Symptoms: From an observer: if trauma is known and the main symptoms are present. Ptsd can occur after multiple traumas in life. Can not occur at all after many traumas then the last severe one brings all previous ones into action = soldier no ptsd after 20y of warring [and extremely fit] but car accident with fracture of skull trigger violent ptsd symptoms [war nightmares + flashbacks=other sx].
A 32-year-old member asked:

Can somebody tell me how can one get over post traumatic stress disorder?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
With doctors' help: Post traumatic stress disorder is a complex condition, and requires professional help for best recovery. Psychiatrists may provide both medications as needed and talk therapy; also psychologists and other therapists do specialized psychotherapy do help you move through your feelings. Support from family, friends, and community is essential also. Sometimes pets are very helpful as well.
Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
I've found clinical hypnosis a valuable adjunct to psychotherapy for PTSD. The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis has a website with a search engine for qualified professionals who utilize clinical hypnosis.
Feb 24, 2014
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Dr. Pappas has given you good advice and I wanted to wish you the best as you set about overcoming this handicap. Whatever happened to you, it's my hope that you come to an understanding of what it means that will give you hope for a better future. Winemakers say that "the best grapes do not grow from the best soil." Be strong, and strive to love others in an world that's far from perfect.
Feb 24, 2014
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Provided original answer
Thank you, Dr. Friedlander. That's a great metaphor about grapes and wine! Many of us can hold it close in our own lives.
Feb 24, 2014
A 42-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me if post traumatic stress disorder is real?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
PTSD or: Post traumatic stress disorder is a very real psychiatric condition. I have treated many wounded warriors who have returned from combat with severe ptsd. Ptsd most often develops in the context of having life threateing or horrific experience(s). There are sxs of avoidance (avoiding triggers – as well as thoughts or memories or feelings associated w the trauma), reliving (nightmares, flashbacks, .
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Provided original answer
intrusive memories) & hyperarousal (fight or flight reactions, ^ startle reflex,hypervigilance & strong reactions to triggers).
Apr 13, 2014
A 48-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me more about post traumatic stress disorder involving military soldiers?

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Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Past impacts present: Ptsd is experience by folks who have been through a traumatic event, often war, abuse, grave danger, etc. It can manifest w/hyper-vigilance, strong startle response, nightmares, emotional isolation, and the like. It is a normal response to trauma and as one adjusts the symptoms resolve. Professional help can speed the healing process, especially if one feels stuck in this pattern.
Dr. Sherry Broadwell
Clinical Psychology 23 years experience
Would also add that symptoms can sometimes become chronic.
Aug 24, 2016
A 48-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me about post traumatic stress disorder, how can I relax?

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Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Past impacts present: Ptsd is experience by folks who have been through a traumatic event, often war, abuse, grave danger, etc. It can manifest w/hyper-vigilance, strong startle response, nightmares, emotional isolation, and the like. It is a normal response to trauma and as one adjusts the symptoms resolve. Professional help can speed the healing process, especially if one feels stuck in this pattern.

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