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What is ptsd?

What is ptsd?

Posttraumatic Stress: Posttraumatic stress disorder is an anxiety disorder that develops after someone experiences a traumatic incident, where they feared for life or limb. Symptoms develop in three realms: reexperiencing (nightmares, flashbacks), hypervigilence (increased startle response, continually looking for threats), and avoidance (of anything that might trigger memories of trauma). ...Read more

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Do I have ptsd?

Do I have ptsd?

I don't know: Dear annnnn, we don't know your history - so we can't even hazard a guess. Ptsd occurs after a life threatening or horrific trauma & has sxs of reliving, avoidance and hyperarousal. ...Read more

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How serious is PTSD?

How serious is PTSD?

High co-morbidity: About 8 million adults have PTSD in a given year. Considering the high co-morbidity with other problems including sleep disturbance, substance abuse, anger, self-harm and suicide, as well as increased risk for physical health problems, including chronic pain, the answer is YES. PTSD can exert devastating consequences on affected individuals/families. Fortunately, effective treatments are available ...Read more

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What is complex ptsd?

What is complex ptsd?

Complex PTSD is: a term offered to identify individuals with PTSD who have experienced prolonged and severs trauma which can impact a person's self-concept and the ways they adapt to stress. Dr. Herman at Harvard suggests this distinction and likelihood of special treatment considerations. Best regards. ...Read more

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How to deal with ptsd?

How to deal with ptsd?

Paythotheray: You need to see a psychiatrist for an evaluation. He/she can recommend meds and psychotherapy. ...Read more

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How do they treat ptsd?

A weave : Probably the highest efficacy for both complex & simple ptsd is cognitive processing therapy ( a form of cbt). Many people with moderate to severe ptsd require meds. Ssri's are usually a base. Atypical antipsychotics for severe dissassociation. Prazosin or other meds for insomnia, nightmares. Emdr is good for simple ptsd. Various types of desensitization (ie video based) are cutting edge. Group. ...Read more

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How can ptsd be treated?

With compassion: Emdr for simple ptsd. Cognitive processing therapy is the gold standard. Group therapy for people with similar types of trauma. Psychotropic medications. Psychoeducation is vital. Family therapy is often important. ...Read more

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How do people cope with ptsd?

How do people cope with ptsd?

PTSD ?: ?t varies and depends on the person ability to cope with stressors. Therefore not every one who is exposed to a traumatic experience develops ptsd.The best treatment is therapy and medication can help also. ...Read more

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Will ptsd go away on its own?

Will ptsd go away on its own?

That depends.: Although milder post traumatic stress disorder may resolve without treatment be aware that ptsd can be like a slumbering beast that can be woken in the future by anniversary events or further trauma. For moderate to more severe ptsd - not getting help is a recipe for problems. ...Read more

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Is it okay to drive with ptsd?

Is it okay to drive with ptsd?

Depends: On the triggers, the symptoms and the severity of the symptoms. This can only truly be adequately assessed by the treating psychiatrist. ...Read more

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What are the signs of having ptsd?

Many: Ptsd is characterized by heightened responses (more than would be expected) to reminders of a traumatic event. Flashbacks, anxiety, running-away behaviors and sometimes combative behaviors can occur. People with ptsd often withdrawl somewhat in an attempt to avoid reminders of the traumatic event. Proper diagnosis & care are important so please see a doctor to discuss in detail. ...Read more

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How will you know if you have ptsd?

How will you know if you have ptsd?

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 be done to deal with ptsd?

What can be done to deal with ptsd?

Ptsd.va.gov: Yes, check with local va. Also take a look at the website for the va's national center for pstd (http://www.Ptsd.Va.Gov) - esp. The "about face"page (http://www.Ptsd.Va.Gov/apps/aboutface) 4 stories of other vets living w/& managing ptsd. >>ptsd symptoms arise from primitive centers of brain programmed 2sense/act on danger. Getting them 2stop sounding alarms can take learning ways 2 soothe them. ...Read more

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What medications are used for ptsd?

Another medicine: Another medicine is Minipress (prazosin) which can be used for ptsd nightmares. It works by crossing the blood brain barrier & blocking norepinephrine ( a chemical like adrenalin) acting in the brain. Prazosin was first used for ptsd in 1995. Trauma nightmares are true-life situations, extremely realistic, and they are accompanied by an adrenaline storm which does not happen with bad dreams. ...Read more

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What to do if that i might have ptsd?

Evaluate, then treat: Hi Graham, First, as suggested, get an evaluation and referral to a competent trauma specialist. In addition, this website lists some useful self help tools: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/treatment/cope/. Here you'll find links to apps and suggestions for lifestyle changes, the importance of support, mindfulness practice, and techniques to counter negative thinking.Hope this is helpful. Take care. ...Read more

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Can you naturally 'grow out of' ptsd?

PTSD gets hard-wired: I believe that in some cases of mild ptsd, talking with relatives or friends who are supportive and empathic may with the tincture of time be sufficient to move past the ptsd. However, i very much agree with the other physicians who provided precautionary responses. Ptsd can become progressively more hard wired into the brain with time. It becomes more recalcitrant to treatment. Get help. ...Read more

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What's the diagnosis method for ptsd?

Professionally: If you meet with a psychologist or psychiatrist who knows about trauma then he or she can diagnose you. Be well, . ...Read more

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How can I prove I have ptsd to the va?

Be honest: Be straigt-forward and honest. If you disagree with their assessment, you are entitled to a second opinion process via the VA. Best wishes to you. ...Read more

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Can ptsd be passed through the family?

Yes: Ptsd can be passed from one generation to the next via vicarious traumatization if the parents repeatedly recite the horrors of wartime, holocaust or genocidal stories, or by direct perpetration in the case of some multigenerational cases of ritual or sexual abuse. ...Read more

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What are the more subtle signs of ptsd?

Signs: One sign is pulling away from others. Lack of emotional intimacy with loved ones. Emotional numbing. These symptoms can quietly destroy relationships. ...Read more

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