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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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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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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