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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.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Great Question: Ptsd falls under the class of anxiety disorders. It is interesting that you asked if it is a behavioral disorder. I treat primarily complex ptsd. My combat ptsd patients have hyper-responsive fight or flight reactions. Irritability, high levels of anger & aggression can be very problematic. Ptsd is a destroyer of marriages & families. Road rage & violence when dissociated are major issues.
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.

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

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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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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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