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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

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

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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Why depression a universal symptom of post traumatic stress disorder?

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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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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Post traumatic stress disorder I have been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder, 2 times in my life by henry ford hospital. If i go to a doctor, or therapist i'm sure there will be a third diagnoses. What can I do to help me move through this.

Post traumatic stress disorder I have been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder, 2 times in my life by henry ford hospital.  If i go to a doctor, or therapist i'm sure there will be a third diagnoses.

What can I do to help me move through this.

Although : Although post traumatic stress disorder may resolve completely, it can also become more symptomatic with new traumas. The three main categories of symptoms are avoidance, reliving and hyperarousal. Avoidance is a hallmark symptom. You might want to avoid people, places, sounds, smells, events that trigger feelings or memories associated with the traumatic events. Reliving can take the form of nightmares or during the daytime you may have memories of old traumas, or feel like you are back there again. The most significant form of reliving is called flashbacks. These are vivid and the person actually believes they are back in their traumatic situation. It can be accompanied by hallucinations. Hyperarousal means that you may be more reactive. You may have insomnia, be irritable, your heart rate might sore as if you were about to respond to danger when it isn't present. The good news is that ptsd is treatable. You might wish to see a therapist who is experienced in cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt) or cognitive processing therapy (cpt). Sometimes medications are indicated. Medical acupuncture is also used to treat ptsd. ...Read more

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What are the tests for post-traumatic stress disorder?

What are the tests for post-traumatic stress disorder?

No tests but criteri: There are no "tests" for ptsd but rather criteria: a history of exposure to a traumatic event meeting two criteria and symptoms from each of three symptom clusters: intrusive recollections, avoidant/numbing symptoms, and hyper-arousal symptoms. A fifth criterion concerns duration of symptoms and a sixth assesses functioning. Please see http://www.Ptsd.Va.Gov/professional/pages/dsm-iv-tr-ptsd.Asp. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have true post-traumatic stress disorder?

PTSD symptoms: If you have undergone an experience that is overwhelming and you subsequently have noticed changes in you personality/day to day attitude, you may be suffering ptsd. One can shut down emotionally - numb out, and alternately become hypervigilant - scanning the world expecting a recurrence. Intrusive symptoms are the hallmark and can include: nightmares, startling easily, flashbacks, affect storms. ...Read more

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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