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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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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 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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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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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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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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Can ptsd aggravate Crohn's disease for example stress?

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Can ptsd aggravate Crohn's disease for example stress?

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 more

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Do I have posttraumatic stress disorder (ptsd) from neonatal death?

Do I have posttraumatic stress disorder (ptsd) from neonatal death?

It's possible,: But you need a psychiatric eval to know for sure. Why nit make an appointment today? We are here to help. ...Read more

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Hyper-schizophrenia stress disorder like ptsd, should I be concerned?

Hyper-schizophrenia stress disorder like ptsd, should I be concerned?

Confusing question.: Ask your question again with a few more details. I don't understand the connection among hyper, schizophrenia, stress, and ptsd. ...Read more

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Please advise how to show what posttraumatic stress disorder (ptsd) feels like?

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 more

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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.

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 more

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What is the biological reason that causes ptsd afte a person has experienced a traumatic event?

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 more

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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 if someone expirienced a traumatic event at age 19 and developed ptsd will they be able to mentally mature pas?

Mentally mature past: That age? Having ptsd does not mean that one will stop maturing emotionally - however it can create many problems interpersonally. It can cause severe problems with sleep, anxiety, avoidance ; hyperarousal that may have a dramatic negative impact. ...Read more

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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

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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..

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..

See your doctor: While both depression and the medications used to treat it can interfere with some cognitive functioning - something as specific as you mentioned warrants further investigation just to be certain. See you doctor ... Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Can ptsd and stress cause elevated testosterone and high androgen levels?

Can ptsd and stress cause elevated testosterone and high androgen levels?

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 more

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Since there is stress everywhere everyday, can you have ptsd without one responsible bad causative event?

Since there is stress everywhere everyday, can you have ptsd without one responsible bad causative event?

Yes & No: Everyday stressors & frustrations do not cause ptsd. For simple ptsd, there may be one or a few specific life events which were horrific or life - threatening. For complex ptsd there are usually numerous causative stressors & factors. ...Read more

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Can you explain if it's possible to not know you have been through a traumatic event, but still have ptsd?

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

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In absence of memory of the original traumatic event, how would the ptsd person discover the initial event?

In absence of memory of the original traumatic event, how would the ptsd person discover the initial event?

EMDR: Sometimes certain therapy techniques over the years have been used. Jean-martin-charcot used hypnosis. S. Freud later on continued this work only to find it not very effective. However it did open the door for the birth of psychoanalysis. Today a technique called emdr [eye movement desensitization and reprocessing.] has gotten some notoriety. ...Read more

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Is it possible to experience new symptoms of ptsd with new traumatic events if there is already a history of ptsd?

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Is it possible to experience new symptoms of ptsd with new traumatic events if there is already a history of ptsd?

PTSD: Sure. Traumatic events can trigger anxiety symptoms in ones predisposed to having them, as in ones with history of ptsd. ...Read more

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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?

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

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I just wanna know if my chronic stress/ptsd i've had for 5 yrs can biologically make me 30 years old? I'm 18 now. Feel washed up! look washed up.

Stress and Aging: Stress does cause accelerated aging, but all is not doom and gloom. Read the articles below, one that addresses stress and aging and the other what you can do about it.Study identifies stress relief techniques for anti-aging ... www.shape.com/blogs/shape-your-life/real-proof-you-can... Stress speeds aging process by six years: study - ny daily news www.Nydailynews.Com/life-style/hea. ...Read more

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Is extreme workplace stress over a period of 16 months enough to cause PTSD or make a pre-existing condition worsen to need intervention?

Is extreme workplace stress over a period of 16 months enough to cause PTSD or make a pre-existing condition worsen to need intervention?

It can happen: Extreme stress means different things to different people. It can happen over 16 months, or even just 16 seconds as in witnessing a gruesome killing or suffering an assault or battery. One's primary care doctor can help, and may refer to Psychiatry or Psychology. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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 more

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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.

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.

PTSD: If not already in therapy, he needs to see a Mental health professional, and if already in treatment, he needs evaluated for fitness to be deployed based on his current symptoms with Depression & PTSD. ...Read more

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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 more

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Can ptsd and stress cardiomyopathy (a.K.A broken heart syndrome) be connected in any way?

Can ptsd and stress cardiomyopathy (a.K.A broken heart syndrome) be connected in any way?

Soldier's Heart: Dr banitt already gave a great explanation regarding broken heart syndrome (stress cardiomyopathy). Of interest, during the civil war the term "soldier's heart" was coined. This was the label given to what is now recognized as ptsd. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Talk to someone: You have my deepest sympathy. I would suggest finding a professional to talk to. This could be a psychiatrist or a psychologist to help you work through these feelings. Good luck. ...Read more

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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

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

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Being taken over by anither consciousness increasingly often, also suffer paranoia, adhd, depression, chronic insomnia, ptsd and extreme stress...

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

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What are signs of adult a.D.D. ? And also ptsd? I was sexually abused as a child. Have issues with memory, easily distracted, depression, stress management/anxiety

What are signs of adult a.D.D. ? And also ptsd?  I was sexually abused as a child. Have issues with memory, easily distracted, depression, stress management/anxiety

You may have both: The sx of adhd and ptsd may overlap. Especially in the details of easy distractabilty and poor memory. You should see a counselor for your ptsd symptoms but you should get some comprehensive psychological testing to determine if you have both or the one diagnosis ater this you may or may not want to add medication to the counseling. ...Read more

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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

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 more

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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?

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 more

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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.

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 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