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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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Can anxiety disorder and associated meds aggravate sleep apnea?

Can anxiety disorder and associated meds aggravate sleep apnea?

Yes: In general narcotics or any sedating medications (benzos for anxiety) will worsen sleep apnea as it suppresses breathing. Anxiety in general may cause insomnia, but should not necessarily influence sleep apnea itself. Talk with your physician and sleep specialist if you're having trouble. ...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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Could a sleep disorder cause anxiety and depression?

Could a sleep disorder cause anxiety and depression?

Sleep and mood disor: Sleep and mood disorders are often a vicious cycle. Either can cause either, or they could both be caused by something else. A good assessment from a Psychologist or Physician expert in sleep disorders can help you find answers and solutions. ...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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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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Can excessive sleeping be due obsessive-compulsve disorder and major depressive disorder?

Can excessive sleeping be due obsessive-compulsve disorder and major depressive disorder?

Yes: Several of my patients have dealt w/ that and say it can be the only way to get a break from pain. Some have been able to switch to periods of Mindfullness Meditation to obtain the break. It's a real challenge and you should have an excellent psychotherapist to work with along w/ whatever medications are needed. OCD specialists are not common but can be worth the effort to find. Get references! ...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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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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Why is depression a sign & symptom of post traumatic stress disorder?

Why is depression a sign & symptom of post traumatic stress disorder?

It may or may not be: Depression does not occur in all people w ptsd. After intense periods of hyperarousal - the individual becomes exhausted, amotivated & has decreased sex drive. Atypical depression is ^'ed w ptsd. ...Read more

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What are circadian rhythm sleep disorders related to sleep paralysis and nightmares?

What are circadian rhythm sleep disorders related to sleep paralysis and nightmares?

Sleep disorders: Sleep phase disorders may need to be diagnosed via sleep study and usually require really expert coaching to correct. Nightmares and often also sleep paralysis can easily be addressed with my No More Nightmares training. Please contact me if you request further details. ...Read more

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Best medication(s) for anxiety and panic attacks mainly in sleep, suffering from night terrors and sleep paralysis causing hours of lost sleep and sleep deprivation and added increased anxiety etc ?

Best medication(s) for anxiety and panic attacks mainly in sleep, suffering from night terrors and sleep paralysis causing hours of lost sleep and sleep deprivation and added increased anxiety etc 
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Night terrors: From experience teaching Planned Dream Intervention to over 35,000 people world-wide, I most strongly recommend learning this skill over any medication. When you have disturbing experiences you are going to have unusual or frightening content in your dreams but there is no validity to dream interpretation. My No More Nightmares class teaches clients how to sleep through their dreams-without drugs! ...Read more

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Best medication(s) for anxiety and panic attacks mainly in sleep, suffering from night terrors and sleep paralysis causing hours of lost sleep and sleep deprivation and added increased anxiety etc ?

Best medication(s) for anxiety and panic attacks mainly in sleep, suffering from night terrors and sleep paralysis causing hours of lost sleep and sleep deprivation and added increased anxiety etc ?

Psychotherapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as anxietyor 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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Can an autonomic disorder cause sleep apnea?

Can an autonomic disorder cause sleep apnea?

Certainly: 'obstructive' sleep apnea is due to anatiomical causes. The tongue, soft palate and the tonsils can block the airway during sleep. An intraoral appliance constructed by a trained dentist can alleviate this problem. ...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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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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Is Stockholm syndrome a kind of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

That can be the case: Stockholm Syndrome is not an official DSM diagnosis. It refers to a situation where some one is kidnapped or abducted and ultimately identifies with their captor and takes on their values . After such a situation therapy is usually very helpful. ...Read more

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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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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?

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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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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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

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What is the tie in between PTSD and Sleep apnea?

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What is the tie in between PTSD and Sleep apnea?

Unrelated: Obstructive sleep apnea is more of a physical problem. There is an obstruction in the airway during sleep (excess weight, collapsed tongue, enlarged tonsils, small pharynx, etc. Central sleep apnea is where the brain does not control breathing properly during sleep. Neither is related to PTSD. PTSD and sleep apnea can co-exist, but one does not cause the other or increase risk of the other. ...Read more

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I have PTSD for 40 years and Obstructive Sleep Apnea recently diagnosed for about the same amount of time. Can the sleep apnea aggravate the PTSD? How

I have PTSD for 40 years and Obstructive Sleep Apnea recently diagnosed for about the same amount of time. Can the sleep apnea aggravate the PTSD? How

Chicken & Egg: Yes, PTSD can aggravate the apena and vice versa. Please stay close to your doc for the apnea and consider seeing a clinical psychologist who specializes in PTSD. Clinical hypnosis can be very helpful. The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis has a referral service on their website. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I'm an 18 year old having untreated super high bp, erectile dysfunction, sleep apnea and chronic ptsd. Have you ever known of an 18 year old with so many problems?

I'm an 18 year old having untreated super high bp, erectile dysfunction, sleep apnea and chronic ptsd. Have you ever known of an 18 year old with so many problems?

Yes, I have: It sounds like you need at least 3 doctors -- a primary care one, a psychiatrist, and a psychologist -- all working together with you on your problems. Using stimulants could possibly explain the hypertension. But if' you're not doing that, i'm sure your primary care doctor will be tracking down other possible causes. Ptsd can cause intense anxiety, but not usually sustained hypertension. ...Read more

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Are there other guy teens like me who stunted their growth from sleep apnea, chronic stress, low t, etc? I feel like an outsider, i'm only 5'8 and 18

Are there other guy teens like me who stunted their growth from sleep apnea, chronic stress, low t, etc? I feel like an outsider, i'm only 5'8 and 18

Height: Please check this site: http://growth-chart.Findthedata.Org/q/33/703/what-is-the-average-height-for-a-18-years-old-male-youth-in-the-us/. At 68 inches, your height is fine for an 18 year old american male. Please don't be so hard on yourself. ...Read more

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If im 5'8 1/2 can I call myself 5'9? Cause my idol frank zane is 5'9.I probably stunted my growth from sleep apnea, low t and chronic stress. I'm 18.

If im 5'8 1/2 can I call myself 5'9? Cause my idol frank zane is 5'9.I probably stunted my growth from sleep apnea, low t and chronic stress. I'm 18.

With high shoes: If you wear thick-soled shoes, you might get away with it. But most people measure height from your bare or sock-covered feet . . . And the half-inch difference would be revealed. Frank zane can still be your idol -- but why not simply be yourself? Everybody else is taken already. ...Read more

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Is it possible that sleep apnea be caused by stress?

Is it possible that sleep apnea be caused by stress?

Sleep Apnea: Stress long term can cause increase cortisol and weight gain which can increase risk for sleep apnea but stress per se cannot cause sleep apnea. ...Read more

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Yes I do have high BP and sleep apnea and chronic stress but i'm like 180 pounds and 5'8.5? Am i very overweight? Thanks for all ur help doctors

Yes I do have high BP and sleep apnea and chronic stress but i'm like 180 pounds and 5'8.5? Am i very overweight? Thanks for all ur help doctors

BMI27,Sleep Apnea,BP: You are overweight, have sleep apnea, and high bpand chronic stress my advice 1try to loose weightdiet/exercise 2sleep studies and treatment for sleep apnea 3blood pressure control with diet/exercise and meds if needed 4stress reduction therapy consult your doctor and get appropriate referals and treatment as you are only18 years old. ...Read more

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I am 18 and male and sleep apnea and stress a lot but i can't remember anything? Whether it be taking my vitamin or a couple days ago. Its terrible!

I am 18 and male and sleep apnea and stress a lot but i can't remember anything? Whether it be taking my vitamin or a couple days ago. Its terrible!

See physician: You may need to have another sleep study to check the effectiveness of your cpap. If it isn't controlling your sleep apnea, you may need an oral appliance in combination with the cpap, or lose some weight. ...Read more

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Im 18, could sleep apnea/low t/horrible stress stunted my growth? Im pretty short - 5'8''. And not only that, but my penis is small 5.5 inches.

Im 18, could sleep apnea/low t/horrible stress stunted my growth? Im pretty short - 5'8''. And not only that, but my penis is small 5.5 inches.

Not likely: Not likely to have had an effect. The things that you mentioned are most likely affected by genes and nutrition. There also isn't anything you can do about it at 18. You also have my sympathy for your penis size. This might be related to your overall body size. ...Read more

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Dr. Patricia Mcgarry
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Obstructive Sleep Apnea (Definition)

Sleep apnea has two causes. It may be 'central' or 'obstructive'. Central apnea occurs as a disorder in the way the brain controls breathing. Obstructive sleep apnea is much more common and involves an anatomical blockage of the airway. Usually, the tongue blocks the airway, preventing the passage of air between the a sleep study is needed to diagnose particular ...Read more


Dr. Patrick Melder
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Apnea (Definition)

This is the cessation of breathing for 10 seconds or more. Most apnea is obstructive being caused by collapse or obstruction of the airway leading to lack of air flow. However, it can be a central process, where the respiratory center of the brain fails to signal the respiratory respiratory system to initiate a breath. Lastly, some apnea is mixed central ...Read more