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Can ptsd (post traumatic stress disorder) be caused by someone close to you being imprisoned?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
That depends: That depends. Ptsd most often is caused by involvement in one or more life-threatening or horrific events. However, there is a subset that we can see of care-givers who are deeply effected by their association with traumatized patients. So, depending on the situation, it may be possible.

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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!

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