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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)?

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?

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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What kind of doctor can treat post traumatic stress disorder (ptsd)?

What kind of doctor can treat post traumatic stress disorder (ptsd)?

PTSD: A psychiatrist if psychotherapy & medications. A psychologist if psychotherapy alone. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder?

What is the treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder?

PTSD treatment: Post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd) can be very complex, and may need multiple types of treatment. A thorough psychiatric evaluation is the best way to start, to understand some of the precipitating events and ongoing triggers. Psychotherapy with emdr (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) can help move through and release painful emotion. Medications are sometimes needed, not always. ...Read more

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What are the some treatments of post-traumatic stress disorder and how well do they work?

PTSD treatment: Medications combined with psychotherapy, and emdr=emdr is most specifically made for ptsd and is very efficient. ...Read more

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Can there be a way to deal/cure post traumatic stress disorder myself?

Yes: If memories and experiences of the trauma are not interfering with your relationships, work or sense of well-being then maybe you don't need therapy or medications. But I would consider therapy as someone trained joining with you to help you heal and grow. ...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?

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?

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 definition or description of: post traumatic stress disorder?

Mood disorder: Ptsd is a previous stressful situation in which you may develope depression or anxiety over in later years. ...Read more

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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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What support groups/institues are there for post-traumatic-stress-disorder?

VA, specific support: If the PTSD is combat related, call either your local VA, or local Veteran's Center. If it is not combat related, go online to see what is available locally regarding the specific type of trauma you are looking to reduce the effects of. ...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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How to help with sleeping with post traumatic stress disorder?

How to help with sleeping with post traumatic stress disorder?

See Time magazine: I think you'll find your answers best addressed by a well-researched article this week in time magazine about sleep disorders, nightmares, and post-traumatic stress. I recommend after reviewing the article that you ask your phyisician to direct you to the local sleep medicine specialist who can provide diagnostic and therapeutic options. ...Read more

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Sleeping with post traumatic stress disorder, what can I do to help?

Sleeping with post traumatic stress disorder, what can I do to help?

Organisms heal: During sleep. If organisms don't sleep they don't heal well. Sleep is essential in the treatment of ptsd. Treatment of basic d/o w ssri's can help. Prazosin & combo of melatonin w Buspar (buspirone) is good. Atypical antipsychotics are sedating. Avoid meds with potential for tolerance. Acupuncture helps for sleep as well as breathing exercises & progressive muscle relaxation. Use excellent sleep hygiene. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (Ptsd) (Definition)

A serious and potentially debilitating condition that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a natural disaster, serious accident, terrorist incident, sudden death of a loved one, war, violent personal assault such as rape, or other life-threatening events. ...Read more