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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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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 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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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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Whats traumatic compartment syndrome?

Whats traumatic compartment syndrome?

High pressure: After trauma such as a broken bone the pressure in the "compartment" where the bone and muscle are contained can get very high because fluid and blood fill it. It can get so high as to cut off oxygen to the muscles and nerves which can die. It is an emergency that needs to be evaluated by a doctor for possible surgery to release the compartments. Failure to do so can cause loss of use of that limb. ...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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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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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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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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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 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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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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What's post thrombotic syndrome?

What's post thrombotic syndrome?

Pain: You can get pain in the site where you had a blood clot, even after starting treatment for the clot. ...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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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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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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Post traumatic stress disorder ? Can it occur after bad pregnancy outcome?

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Post traumatic stress disorder ? Can it occur after bad pregnancy outcome?

PTSD Postpartum: Yes! if severe pain long lasting, death of baby, already precarious health problem of mother pre-pregnancy together can lead to longer lasting consequences. ...Read more

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Could you suffer from post traumatic stress disorder from watching a movie?

Could you suffer from post traumatic stress disorder from watching a movie?

Not usually, but: If it impinges on existing past trauma you have experienced, you may have symptoms of hypervigilance, extreme anxiety, exaggerated startle, crying spells, etc. Some movies are very violent, and revive previous memories -- or are terrifying on their own. Having a trauma response be protracted from this -- rather than acute and gradually dissipating -- is rare though. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a developing post traumatic stress disorder?

PTSD: Ptsd can develop after you've seen or experienced a traumatic event that involved the threat of injury or death. Symtpoms 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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How does post traumatic stress disorder effect war veterans and families?

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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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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 go away?

Possible: It is possible that with treatment someone who met diagnostic criteria for ptsd at one point in their lives can no longer meet the criteria at another point. Thus they do not necessarily have a ptsd diagnosis. But one may still experience some post trauma symptoms which can well worked on in psychotherapy. Psychotropic medication might also be an option. Consult with a psychologist. Good luck! ...Read more

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What to do about post traumatic stress disorder?

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?

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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What can I do about post traumatic stress disorder?

What can I do about post traumatic stress disorder?

Get help: With ptsd, it is tempting to hide from others because one may be very frightened of them. But it's essential to get help with this condition. You can work with therapists and psychiatrists -- there are helpful therapies and if needed, medications. There are support groups focused on particular kinds of trauma also. At home you can exercise physically and also use relaxation recordings, etc. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have post traumatic stress disorder?

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How to tell if I have post traumatic stress disorder?

PTSD: Hyperarousal, avoidance, hypervigilance. Most common are loss of interest or pleasure, nightmares, flashbacks, despair/hopelessness, anger/irritability, and somatic complaints such as headaches. ...Read more

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How to know if I have post traumatic stress disorder?

Pyschiatric Eval: Post tramatic stress disorder most often develops in the context of having life threateing or horrific experience(s). There are sxs of avoidance (avoiding triggers – as well as thoughts or memories or feelings associated w the trauma), reliving (nightmares, flashbacks, intrusive memories) ; hyperarousal (fight or flight reactions, ^ startle reflex, hypervigilance ; strong reactions to triggers). ...Read more

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Can you tell me about post-traumatic stress disorder?

PTSD is...: an anxiety condition that develops from exposure to scary and often life-threatening event(s). It can impact relationships, job and educational performance, and other aspects of life. I provided a link that offers an overview of symptoms and treatment options. If concerned for yourself/another person, or for guidance please consider consulting HealthTap psychologist or psychiatrist. Be well. ...Read more

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How to know if I have post-traumatic stress disorder?

How to know if I have post-traumatic stress disorder?

Consider a : Psychiatric evaluation. Post traumatic stress disorder most often develops in the context of having life threateing or horrific experience(s). There are sxs of avoidance (avoiding triggers – as well as thoughts or memories or feelings associated w the trauma), reliving (nightmares, flashbacks, intrusive memories) ; hyperarousal (fight or flight reactions, ^ startle reflex, hypervigilance ; >. ...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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What are the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder?

PTSD: Ptsd can develop after you've seen or experienced a traumatic event that involved the threat of injury or death. Symtpoms 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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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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How do I deal with severe post traumatic stress disorder?

Get help: You must work with a psychotherapist trained in helping people with severe ptsd. A lot of people are helped with using emdr protocol. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if post traumatic stress disorder is real?

Can you tell me if post traumatic stress disorder is real?

PTSD or: Post traumatic stress disorder is a very real psychiatric condition. I have treated many wounded warriors who have returned from combat with severe ptsd. Ptsd most often develops in the context of having life threateing or horrific experience(s). There are sxs of avoidance (avoiding triggers – as well as thoughts or memories or feelings associated w the trauma), reliving (nightmares, flashbacks, . ...Read more

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Is it possible that I have post traumatic stress disorder?

Is it possible that I have post traumatic stress disorder?

PTSD always involves: A traumatic experience and three types of symptoms -- re-experiencing the trauma, avoidance and emotional numbing, and excessive arousal (feeling nervous, stressed, jumpy, etc.). For a diagnosis, you need to talk to a mental health professional who treats ptsd. ...Read more

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What can I do about post traumatic stress disorder in kids?

What can I do about post traumatic stress disorder in kids?

Professional help.: Find a therapist who is experienced in working with children and who has expertise in post traumatic stress disorder. Yes, they are out there. The sooner the child has treatment the better (if symptomatic). ...Read more

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Too much post-traumatic stress can cause permanent spasms?

Too much post-traumatic stress can cause  permanent spasms?

Note that you are: On neuroleptics. Have your physician ensure that is not the reason you are experiencing muscle spasms. You are on dizepam but no selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor. Are you not able to tollerate them - as this is the is the main class of meds used for ptsd. Acupuncture can be helpful for the stress you carry in muscles as well as cognitive behavioral disorder, meditation, breathing exercises. ...Read more

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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 to do if I feel post traumatic stress over an incident?

Post Traumatic: You don't describe your exact symptoms, but I'd recommend you see a mental health professional with experience diagnosing and treating PTSD. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of mild post traumatic stress disorder?

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PTSD mild: Mild or severe relies on consequences on life and severity of symptoms. ...Read more

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