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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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Yes: The brain and the gut (stomach and intestines) are linked powerfully because they share the messengers which communicate between different regions. Any increased psychological stress can affect gastrointestinal symptoms. For this reason it will be important for you to manage carefully both your ptsd and crohns together. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Might not be able to: You may not be able to. I don't encourage combat ptsd patients to try to explain war or all of their sxs to spouses. Why? Because the spouses usually don't have the experiences to base an understanding for it. Inevitably the person with ptsd feels misunderstood or badly about the upset it has caused the other . This is why it is so important to work with a therapist who is experienced with ptsd. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
I had induced delusional disorder for a long time. After myseparation, I have symptoms of ptsd and under stress, I have psychosis. How can you help me treat this.
See a Professional : You need to see a professional to meet with you and do an evaluation and assessment and come up with a diagnosis then a treatment plan is suggested and started. It is not possible to give an opinion on these issues without a face to face evaluation. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
At times,can messing up words, forgetting how to spell, be expected 4 my age? Can depression / stress cause this? Think have PTSD from pastmarriage..
Brain physiology: It is complex. The amygdala is in hyperdrive. This leads to hyperarousal & often aggression. The medial frontal cortex of the brain is not in full gear & thus is not properly modulating affect that is limbic & amgydala driven. The hippocampus is functioning sub-optimally which effects the storage & retrieval of memories. Ptsd causes significant changes in brain physiology. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Can you tell me if someone expirienced a traumatic event at age 19 and developed ptsd will they be able to mentally mature pas?
Can you tell me what you suggest if someone experienced a traumatic event at age 19 and developed ptsd will they be able to mentally mature pas?
With good : Psychotherapy, you can overcome traumatic events and ptsd. It will require some work on your part and may take some time, but you can be helped. Contact a psychologist or psychiatrist who specializes in ptsd. Ask about emdr treatment as well, since it is one of the most successful types of treatment for ptsd. ...Read more
The results of : Studies on this subject are conflicting. So there's no conclusive evidence that ptsd can increase testosterone level. As a rule, stress lowers levels of male and female hormones. Take care! http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/m/pubmed/22261549/?I=3&from=/12707485/related. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Since there is stress everywhere everyday, can you have ptsd without one responsible bad causative event?
Can you explain if it's possible to not know you have been through a traumatic event, but still have ptsd?
Yes it is possible: Sometimes traumatic events are so overwhelming that the person blocked it out of their memory (in other words represses the memory). They may have ptsd with flashbacks and dreams that are attempts by the unconscious mind to help the person remember and get help for the trauma. In treatment they can be helped to remember and heal from the trauma. ...Read more
Is it possible to experience new symptoms of ptsd with new traumatic events if there is already a history of ptsd?
My son has PTSD. this was due to a traumatic event in his life. he is afraid of this close member. what do I do?
PTSD: Is a very treatable condition. IF your son has had a formal diagnosis then he can see a clinical psychologist for cognitive behavioral therapy or clinical hypnosis for example. See www.asch.net for hypnosis referrals. If this is a self-diagnosis he needs to see a pro for a diagnosis first. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Is extreme workplace stress over a period of 16 months enough to cause PTSD or make a pre-existing condition worsen to need intervention?
How can I help my partner deal with the stress of deployment to Afghanistan AGAIN? He already has some mild depression and PTSD from the last time.
I believe I was possessed when I was younger during a trip to Florida. Each time I think about it, I have fear and stress. Could this be PTSD? Or OCD?
Fear conditioning: Experiencing extreme fear in response to a situation can be seen in a number of anxiety disorders. Specific phobia is a persistent irrational fear caused by the thought or exposure to a specific object or situation. PTSD consists of a constellation of symptoms in response to a traumatic event. You say you believe you were "possessed." Recommend exploring further with mental health professional. ...Read more
I'm a 44 yr old retired combat veteran, who is retired. After a 20 year carrer, i'm suffering severe symptoms of ptsd, and severe stress. The local va?
Application: Our promise to our veterans is that we will be there to help if you put youself in harm's way. I thank you for your service to our country please do get in contact with the va in your area. You will need to file an application. Don't do the application without help. Seek out the free assistance of a service officer from the va, dav, amvets, order of the purple heart etc. They are used to >>>. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Only psychiatrist respond please.Mentally ill.It's not PTSD. Sufferin from delayed emotional response an reaction related 2 recent non traumatic thing?
Therapy?: Not sure what the question is here. This indicates Mental illness w diagnosis of PTSD and use of Paxil (paroxetine). The question is: Are you in therapy? Even though most recent reactions are not due to recent trauma - that can still be addressed in therapy. Take care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Father died 3 yr ago died at a traumatic time, now i deal with ptsd, now i can't remember him much, i feel numb for him loved him lots before advice?
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Amnesia in PTSD? Traumatic ER visit in 2009 now hypochondriac. Lost all memory of ever being sick in my life up until 2009. Anything recent I remember
PTSD: Amnesia is a distressing symptom to many PTSD sufferers. If you’re having ongoing symptoms of PTSD, depression, or other signs of a mental health issue, please seek an evaluation with a mental health provider. There are ways to cope with the illness using meds and therapy. Treatment would likely benefit both your PTSD as well as your focus on health issues as well. Good luck ...Read more
Being taken over by anither consciousness increasingly often, also suffer paranoia, adhd, depression, chronic insomnia, ptsd and extreme stress...
Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more
I got mild traumatic brain injury 8months ago.i got ptsd 5months ago.i have emotional numbness.will it go away without treatment?im 19yr old
Polytrauma: Strongly recommend evaluation by polytrauma team. For TBI and PTSD, treatment should be symptom focused and evidenced based. Some of the same treatments that work well for PTSD can be used in individuals with mild TBI, and treatment should be individually tailored. Treatment is more complex and requires coordination and collaboration among various specialties. Please start the process! Take care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm 18 and have been dealing with major chronic stress/ptsd for 5 years/still. I'm talking very intense. Will this cause me cancer or brain damage?
Not a linear thing: "stress" is an extremely variable concept, and there are no direct or automatic links between it and cancer. There are more clear relationships between certain behaviors like smoking, alcoholism, and exposure to toxins like asbestos, and cancer -- but even these are not 100%. Chronic stress can shrink the hippocampus area of your brain at least temporarily, but this can resolve. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Smoking marijuana with having afib for 30 years. On beta blockers but do to PTSD stress and so on I drink alcohol so wondering if marijuana would ok?
Marijuana: Please discuss this with your Physician. If you have PTSD then a Clinical Psychologist could help you with these symptoms and a Psychiatrist could give additional help with medication. After you have had an evaluation of your heart condition and your PTSD and have been treated for these conditions then you could see if you need additional substances and ask your Doctor about marijuana. ...Read more
Can ptsd be treated? I think I have this. Have had several tramatic things happen to me as a child. Several emotions going through me.
Absolutely: There are several effective treatments of ptsd. Prolonged exposure therapy and (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) emdr are evidence based treatments. Serotonin antidepressants can also help. Ptsd treatment is also, in my experience, on of the things that we do in mental health that can dramatically improve a life. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Please tell me if I should tell my parents i think I have complex post traumatic stress disorder?
Are you a minor or : An adult? If you are a minor, it is important to let them know so that they get you professional help. If you are an adult, it your family is nurturing, then i would share it with them. Having a good support system is important to work past trauma. I would encourage you to obtain professional help. Cognitive processing therapy, emdr ; virtual reality exposure therapy can be very effective tx. ...Read more
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Factitious disorder is a condition wherein individuals intentionally produces psychological and/or physical signs and symptoms to assume a "sick role" (eg "primary" gain). This in contrast to both 1. Malingering wherein individuals intentionally produces symptoms to receive secondary gain & 2. Somatoform disorders wherein symptoms are unconsciously manifested. In practice, ...Read more
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