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Do all veterans have post traumatic stress disorder?

Do all veterans have post traumatic stress disorder?

Most don't have PTSD: Most military personnel do not even serve in combat areas. And most of the ones who do, do not experience the kinds of traumatic situations that can lead to ptsd. And even of the small minority who *are* exposed to psychological trauma, not all go on to suffer ptsd. Getting ptsd appears to result from a combination of personality factors plus trauma exposure. ...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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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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How can post traumatic stress disorder effect war veterans?

How can  post traumatic stress disorder effect war veterans?

Harshly: Veterens with post-traumatic stress disorder ("ptsd") often have intrusive memories of an experience in which they felt extreme threat to their physical or psychological well-being. These intrusive memories can be in the form of flashbacks, nightmares, or even "re-living" the trauma in the present. Other symptoms can include avoiding places that remind of the trauma or just feeling numb. ...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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How to deal with post traumatic stress disorder?

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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How does post traumatic stress disorder effect war veterans and families?

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How does post traumatic stress disorder effect war veterans and families?

PTSD effects on fami: Can be damaging for veteran and family. Combat capacity can be reduced, endurance reduced as soldier is not at perfect health before engaging action. Mind not as sharp though already in hyper-arousal state. Wrongful decision-making hurt split second decision in life and death matter. Family harmony disturbed by extreme tension of untreated ptsd which aggravates with time. ...Read more

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How does post traumatic stress disorder affect war veterans?

How does post traumatic stress disorder affect war veterans?

Extremely painful: Ptsd is very painful and frightening for anyone -- including war veterans. It can make them unable to sleep; be constantly on guard for danger; have flashbacks of horrifying events; feel numb to many emotions; lash out in fear & anger; and can destroy relationships. There is help for this condition, through a variety of therapies and medications as needed. ...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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Why depression a universal symptom of post traumatic stress disorder?

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Why depression a universal symptom of post traumatic stress disorder?

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. ...Read more

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How can post traumatic stress disorder differ from acute stress discorded?

How can  post traumatic stress disorder differ from acute stress discorded?

It is the length of: Symptoms. How long after the traumas relates to delayed reaction. It should be noted that in a combat scenario, the time clock begins after leaving the combat zone ( the trauma itself). ...Read more

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Can self hypnosis help post traumatics stress syndrome ?

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Can self hypnosis help post traumatics stress syndrome ?

Exposure: While medications may help treat symptoms associated with ptsd, exposure and response prevention therapy is likely to have longer lasting and enduring effects. This must be done with a trained professional. I would not recommend self hypnosis to anyone who has not gone through exposure therapy first. Ptsd is very treatable and you may find it very uncomfortable. ...Read more

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Is post traumatic stress disorder a lifelong affliction?

Is post traumatic stress disorder a lifelong affliction?

Typically but: Through proper psychological counseling and possible medication treatment you can get much, much better. I have worked with many victims of interpersonal trauma whose symptoms of post-traumatic stress have decreased so much that they can live a full and meaningful life. I hope this happens for you. ...Read more

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When is post traumatic stress actually post traumatic stress disorder ?

When is post traumatic stress actually post traumatic stress disorder ?

PTSD: First, an individual goes through or witnesses an event that is outside the realm of normal, every-day human experience. If he/she has strong coping skills, it's just a bad experience. However, if coping skills are strained and fail, one can develop acute stress disorder if within 30 days of the event. After approximately one month, the diagnosis of ptsd can be made. ...Read more

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Could post traumatic stress disorder be related to phobias?

Could post traumatic stress disorder be related to phobias?

PTSD: I had to think about this before i answered. Although post traumatic stress disorder & phobias are 2 different anxiety disorders there is a possible connection. If someone has a severe phobia, a significant exposure to the dreaded object (enough to cause horror or intense fear) may be enough to trigger a post traumatic response. It may or may not rise to the level of meeting DX criteria. ...Read more

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Posttraumatic stress disorder due to natural disasters?

Posttraumatic stress disorder due to natural disasters?

Can happen: Ptsd can result from witnessing or being victim of a natural disaster, especially if the emotional trauma is overwhelming and therefore hard to integrate into everyday experience. Ptsd doesn't always happen, though: two people can have the same traumatic experience and only one gets ptsd. The causes of ptsd are not completely understood, & are likely some mixture of genes and experience. ...Read more

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How to deal with post traumatic stress disorder in kids after these shooting sprees?

How to deal with post traumatic stress disorder in kids after these shooting sprees?

Professional help: Ptsd is very individualized. Some people do not develop this even though others in a similar situation do. The most important component for remission is a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. I recommend a mental health professional for this. ...Read more

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Posttraumatic stress disorder and natural disasters, are they related?

Posttraumatic stress disorder and natural disasters, are they related?

Naturaldisaster/PTSD: Natural disasters such as earthquakes, tornados or hurricanes, forest
fires, floods, volcanic eruptions, landslides, or tsunamis can cause Posttraumatic stress disorder.

Traumatic experience can cause:
Shock with disbelief
• Panic, anxiety and depression.
Flashbacks: repeated and vivid memories of the event with rapid heartbeat or sweating.
• Fear that the emotional event will be repeated ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about post traumatic stress disorder involving military soldiers?

Can you tell me more about post traumatic stress disorder involving military soldiers?

Past impacts present: Ptsd is experience by folks who have been through a traumatic event, often war, abuse, grave danger, etc. It can manifest w/hyper-vigilance, strong startle response, nightmares, emotional isolation, and the like. It is a normal response to trauma and as one adjusts the symptoms resolve. Professional help can speed the healing process, especially if one feels stuck in this pattern. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about post trumatic stress disorder from attending special education?

Can you tell me about post trumatic stress disorder from attending special education?

PTSD is a diagnosis: that requires exposure to actual or threatened death, serious injury, or sexual violation. Symptoms of re-experiencing the trauma thru intrusive distressing memories, flashbacks, & nightmares; emotional numbness & avoidance of places, people, & activities reminiscent of the trauma; difficulty sleeping or concentrating & being jumpy or irritable last a month or > after the trauma. See below. ...Read more

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Counselors (Definition)

Counselors/therapists are health professionals who usually specialize in a particular mode of therapy such as psychotherapy (counseling) or art therapy to help patients tackle various issues. Such issues may be phobias (fears) of the patient, mental health ...Read more