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Is Stockholm syndrome a kind of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

Is Stockholm syndrome a kind of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

That can be the case: Stockholm Syndrome is not an official DSM diagnosis. It refers to a situation where some one is kidnapped or abducted and ultimately identifies with their captor and takes on their values . After such a situation therapy is usually very helpful. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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What is post-traumatic stress disorder/ptsd?

What is post-traumatic stress disorder/ptsd?

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. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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

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

Let me explain: Today, there are good treatments available for ptsd. When you have ptsd, dealing with the past can be hard. Instead of telling others how you feel, you may keep your feelings bottled up. But talking with a therapist can help you get better. Find what kind problem you have and then treat it. Read this web site to see more details. http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/pages/treatment-ptsd.asp good luck. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Can post traumatic stress disorder ptsd lead to suicide?

Can post traumatic stress disorder ptsd lead to suicide?

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. ...Read more

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Is ptsd (post traumatic stress disorder) a type of behavioral disorder or anxiety disorder?

Is ptsd (post traumatic stress disorder) a type of behavioral disorder or anxiety disorder?

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. ...Read more

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I have post traumatic stress disorder I have taken propanolol and fluoxitine for four years. No improvement. S?Should i stop or change my med

I have post traumatic stress disorder I have taken propanolol and fluoxitine for four years. No improvement. S?Should i stop or change my med

Talk to physician: Recommend that you talk this over with your physician. Since you remain symptomatic, just stopping your medication would not be prudent. You and the physician can explore options such as increasing medication doses; changing medications, adding in psychotherapy or adjuncts like acupuncture. Good luck. ...Read more

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What to do about post traumatic stress disorder?

What to do about post traumatic stress disorder?

Start with therapist: Who has expertise in ptsd. Consider cognitive processing therapy (form of cognitive behavioral therapy), virtual reality exposure therapy, emdr or specialized ptsd group therapy. ...Read more

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How to deal with post traumatic stress disorder?

PTSD: Often responds well to cognitive processing therapy (a form of cognitive behavioral therapy), emdr, specialized group therapy, virtual reality exposure therapy, psychoeducation and psychiatric medications are sometimes warranted as well. ...Read more

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Post traumatic stress disorder..Is this a serious condition?

Post traumatic stress disorder..Is this a serious condition?

Yes, it can be: Post traumatic stress disorder causes a huge amount of suffering and loss of function in children and adults. It can lead to severe anxiety, insomnia, depression, and suicide. It can stem from an almost infinite variety of frightening experiences. Yet, it can be treated. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of mild post traumatic stress disorder?

PTSD mild: Mild or severe relies on consequences on life and severity of symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the usual symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder?

Flashbacks or relivi: Flashbacks or reliving the traumatic experience are common symtoms, anxiety, anger outbursts, sleeplessness often occurs as well. It is important to be evaluated by a mental health professional to do a proper evaluation and confirm or rule out this diagnosis. . In addition, children often manifest the symptoms of ptsd differently than adults. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder to look for?

What are the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder to look for?

There are many: There are 3 symptom clusters: intrusive recollections, avoidant/numbing symptoms, and hyper-arousal symptoms. These must last over 1 month long and cause functional distress in the person's life. Please see http://www.Ptsd.Va.Gov/professional/pages/dsm-iv-tr-ptsd.Asp for the full dsm criteria and symptoms. ...Read more

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What could I do to determine if I have post traumatic stress disorder?

What could I do to determine if I have post traumatic stress disorder?

PTSD: Dr, pappas provided an excellent summary of ptsd. If you believe that some of those constellation of symptoms fit you, then please seek evaluation by a psychiatrist, psychologist or therapist who is experienced in working with post traumatic stress disorder. Self - diagnosis is often not accurate. If you are being held back by past traumas please get help for this. ...Read more

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What is the technical definition of post traumatic stress disorder and how it should be handled?

What is the technical definition of post traumatic stress disorder and how it should be handled?

PTSD is a condition: That may develop after experiencing a horrific or life threatening experience (s). It has symptoms of hypervigilance, marked arousal (fight vs flight rxns), reliving through intrussive memories, nightmares & possibly flashbacks with avoidance of thoughts, memories or triggers for feelings about traumatic events. Treatment is best with a therapist who is experienced with ptsd. ...Read more

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What can I do for nightmares and post traumatic stress disorder?

What can I do for nightmares and post traumatic stress disorder?

Talk therapy & meds: The primary treatment for ptsd is psychotherapy (talk therapy). Specifically, trauma focused cbt and emdr have shown effectiveness. As your overall ptsd symptoms improve, your nightmares should as well. Sometimes, a medication can be helpful in suppressing dream sleep or reducing the fear and anxiety that leads to nightmares. In this situation, it may be best to see a psychiatrist for treatment. ...Read more

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Post traumatic stress disorder sounds like it has always been in humans?

Post traumatic stress disorder sounds like it has always been in humans?

Probably: Called by different names in medical literature historically: "battle fatigue", "asthenia", "soldiers' heart", "shell shock". All have same factors of proximity, intensity, exposure to stressful events; all have resultant psychological and physical components. There have been gruesome events in the course of human history; no reason to believe that ptsd is a new response-just new understanding. ...Read more

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