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How can you tell when a person has really got post traumatic stress disorder?

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Dr. TRUC DAO
Psychiatry
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In brief: PTSD Symptoms

From an observer: if trauma is known and the main symptoms are present.
Ptsd can occur after multiple traumas in life. Can not occur at all after many traumas then the last severe one brings all previous ones into action = soldier no ptsd after 20y of warring [and extremely fit] but car accident with fracture of skull trigger violent ptsd symptoms [war nightmares + flashbacks=other sx].

In brief: PTSD Symptoms

From an observer: if trauma is known and the main symptoms are present.
Ptsd can occur after multiple traumas in life. Can not occur at all after many traumas then the last severe one brings all previous ones into action = soldier no ptsd after 20y of warring [and extremely fit] but car accident with fracture of skull trigger violent ptsd symptoms [war nightmares + flashbacks=other sx].
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
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In brief: Do you mean a

Wanna be vs real thing?.
Has there been 1 or more traumatic events that was horrific or placed their life or limb in danger? When i observe people- i look to see if they scan the room for safety. If they look for the nearest exit. If they startle easily - especially with a loud noise or if someone comes up behind them. If they sit with their back to a corner or the door. How they do with crowds.

In brief: Do you mean a

Wanna be vs real thing?.
Has there been 1 or more traumatic events that was horrific or placed their life or limb in danger? When i observe people- i look to see if they scan the room for safety. If they look for the nearest exit. If they startle easily - especially with a loud noise or if someone comes up behind them. If they sit with their back to a corner or the door. How they do with crowds.
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