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How will you know if you have ptsd?

14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bob Stewart
Clinical Psychology
6 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Bob Stewart
Dr. Bob Stewart
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Dr. Byron Law-Yone
Psychiatry
5 doctors agree

In brief: NIMH

Check out nimh.Org for ptsd information.

In brief: NIMH

Check out nimh.Org for ptsd information.
Dr. Byron Law-Yone
Dr. Byron Law-Yone
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: You might not.

Most of the patients I have met who have ptsd were not aware they had it, until they were formally diagnosed.
Most knew that something was wrong, but for those in denial this insight may not be present. If you believe you have possible symptoms of ptsd, recommend a comprehensive evaluation by a psychiatrist or a clinical psychologist who is experienced in the field.

In brief: You might not.

Most of the patients I have met who have ptsd were not aware they had it, until they were formally diagnosed.
Most knew that something was wrong, but for those in denial this insight may not be present. If you believe you have possible symptoms of ptsd, recommend a comprehensive evaluation by a psychiatrist or a clinical psychologist who is experienced in the field.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Symptom inquiry

The doctor should inquire if the patient has been in a situation where the patient believes loss of life or catastrophic injury was imminent, and with no means of escape.
Symptoms from these experiences include, hypervigilance, sleep loss, nightmares, reliving the trauma, social withdrawal, anhedonia, temper outbursts, emotional withdrawal, feelings of unfinished business, and adrenalin seeking.

In brief: Symptom inquiry

The doctor should inquire if the patient has been in a situation where the patient believes loss of life or catastrophic injury was imminent, and with no means of escape.
Symptoms from these experiences include, hypervigilance, sleep loss, nightmares, reliving the trauma, social withdrawal, anhedonia, temper outbursts, emotional withdrawal, feelings of unfinished business, and adrenalin seeking.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Dr. Andrew Berry
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