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A 37-year-old member asked:

Why is depression a sign & symptom of post traumatic stress disorder?

5 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jason Berman
A Verified Doctoranswered
15 years experience
Not a symptom: Depression is not a symptom of ptsd, per se, but rather people with ptsd often have depression as a co-occurring problem.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Well ...: What goes up must come down. Right ? It's a basic law of physics. After a person has been in a prolonged state of fight of flight they become exhausted and then they crash. The depression is usually atypical - amotivation, decreased sex drive, hypersomnia, burnout.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
PTSD: Vegetative symptoms can occur in both depression & ptsd.
Dr. Herbert Popolow
A US doctor answeredLearn more
Low self-esteem: When you have experienced a traumatic experience, some times you may believe you could have done more to help yourself and others. You may then believe you are inadequite, should have done more. So you say bad things about yourself. Then you have low self-esteem and voila you're depressed.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
It may or may not be: Depression does not occur in all people w ptsd. After intense periods of hyperarousal - the individual becomes exhausted, amotivated & has decreased sex drive. Atypical depression is ^'ed w ptsd.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

Why depression a universal symptom of post traumatic stress disorder?

2 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. TRUC DAOanswered
Psychiatry 38 years experience
PTSD depresion: Wrong! ptsd not always accompanied by depression, though depression frequently comes along or may precede or follows. People with already a mental issue suffers more risk of ptsd after a trauma. Drug users also suffers more ptsd after trauma, as they have a mental issue preceding the trauma.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me what are good websites to research depression and post-traumatic stress disorder?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jason Berman
A Verified Doctoranswered
15 years experience
Here are some: www.helpguide.org this site is non-profit and provides up to date, applicable information about depression, ptsd and other similar struggles. http://www.apa.org/topics/ptsd/ american psychological association has research based articles http://www.Rainn.Org/ non-profit website about sexual type traumas be well, .
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