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Post traumatic stress disorder can come from any type of stressor, right?
31 doctors weighed in

Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
9 doctors agree
In brief: I would think so...
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In brief: I would think so...
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Dr. Kevin Passer
I'm not sure PTSD can come from any stressor. In fact, there are actual, official criteria in a book called the diagnostic manual. According to the DSM 5, "The person was exposed to: death, threatened death, actual or threatened serious injury, or actual or threatened sexual violence." So, in order to fulfill the criteria for PTSD, that statement would need to apply. There are other criteria as well.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr Passer is correct.
Dr. Warren Kriedman
Psychiatry
8 doctors agree
In brief: Life-threatening
Posttraumitic stress disorder by definition require that a life-threatening stressor that is re-experienced.
Patient's develop flashbacks, nightmares, hyper-arrousal with avoidance of situations that remind the person of the trauma. Even after successful treatment, a person can redevelop symptoms of the initial stressor if they re-experience another traumatic stressor.

In brief: Life-threatening
Posttraumitic stress disorder by definition require that a life-threatening stressor that is re-experienced.
Patient's develop flashbacks, nightmares, hyper-arrousal with avoidance of situations that remind the person of the trauma. Even after successful treatment, a person can redevelop symptoms of the initial stressor if they re-experience another traumatic stressor.
Dr. Warren Kriedman
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Dr. Martin Raff
Am not a psychiatrist and bow to Dr. Kriedman's expertise but was under the impression that the stressors to result in PTSD do not have to be life-threatening, and PTSD can occur secondary to repetitive uncontrollable stressors.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
PTSD can result from life or limb threatening experiences as well as situations which are perceived as horrific by the individual. And yes, repetitive trauma which lead to feeling unsafe may also be the cause of complex PTSD.
Dr. Nikel Rogers-wood
Clinical Psychology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Not exactly
The diagnostic criteria for PTSD don't cover all stressors.
The stressor needs to be pronounced, & outside the typical realm of human experience, and it typically involves something that is life-threatening or some sort of significant violation/physical threat to you or someone you are with. You can still experience a significant stress response even if it is not PTSD.

In brief: Not exactly
The diagnostic criteria for PTSD don't cover all stressors.
The stressor needs to be pronounced, & outside the typical realm of human experience, and it typically involves something that is life-threatening or some sort of significant violation/physical threat to you or someone you are with. You can still experience a significant stress response even if it is not PTSD.
Dr. Nikel Rogers-wood
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Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes it can
be a reaction to any type of trauma.

In brief: Yes it can
be a reaction to any type of trauma.
Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Not necessarily so. The trauma needs to be significant. Such as something that is horrific or life threatening. Secondary PTSD can occur.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: PTSD occurs
Much about what the actual stressor is - but rather how it impacts the individual.
If it creates a sense of horror or intense fear that may in some individuals lead to a post traumatic response. What is traumatic in the eye of the one individual may not be experienced that way by another. For instance, when i was a diver, swimming with sharks was frightening but not traumatizing for me.

In brief: PTSD occurs
Much about what the actual stressor is - but rather how it impacts the individual.
If it creates a sense of horror or intense fear that may in some individuals lead to a post traumatic response. What is traumatic in the eye of the one individual may not be experienced that way by another. For instance, when i was a diver, swimming with sharks was frightening but not traumatizing for me.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Liesa Harte
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: PTSD
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can indeed come from any stressor. That said, it is typically a stressor that made a big impression on you.
What can cause PTSD in one person might not be a big deal at all to another person.

In brief: PTSD
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can indeed come from any stressor. That said, it is typically a stressor that made a big impression on you.
What can cause PTSD in one person might not be a big deal at all to another person.
Dr. Liesa Harte
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Dr. Maiysha Clairborne
Family Medicine
In brief: PTSD
It typically comes from relatively significant stressors.
.. those considered to be traumatic, but it can be a stressor of wide variety. PTSD can happen from being assaulted, from witnessing violence or a traumatic event, from being involved in an accident or other traumatic event. These are just a few stressors that can trigger PTSD.

In brief: PTSD
It typically comes from relatively significant stressors.
.. those considered to be traumatic, but it can be a stressor of wide variety. PTSD can happen from being assaulted, from witnessing violence or a traumatic event, from being involved in an accident or other traumatic event. These are just a few stressors that can trigger PTSD.
Dr. Maiysha Clairborne
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Dr. Bob Stewart
Clinical Psychology
In brief: PTSD requires trauma
involving exposure to actual or threatened death, serious injury, or sexual violence by directly experiencing it, witnessing it, learning it occurred to a close family member or close friend, or repeated or extreme exposure to details of the trauma.
It causes intrusive memories/reactions, avoidance of reminders, & changes in thinking, mood, arousal, & reactivity that last at least a month.

In brief: PTSD requires trauma
involving exposure to actual or threatened death, serious injury, or sexual violence by directly experiencing it, witnessing it, learning it occurred to a close family member or close friend, or repeated or extreme exposure to details of the trauma.
It causes intrusive memories/reactions, avoidance of reminders, & changes in thinking, mood, arousal, & reactivity that last at least a month.
Dr. Bob Stewart
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