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What purpose does ptsd serve the human body?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
5 doctors agree
In brief: Ptsd
Triggering your brain alarm system to react to protect from perceived harm.

In brief: Ptsd
Triggering your brain alarm system to react to protect from perceived harm.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree
In brief: Ptsd
Triggering your brain alarm system to react to protect from perceived harm.

In brief: Ptsd
Triggering your brain alarm system to react to protect from perceived harm.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Adaptive to danger
The same sxs that are found in ptsd can be adaptive in combat.
Waking at a moment's notice can save your life. Battle breathing- rapid breathing & heart rate occur when engaged in battle. Hypervigilance makes you aware of danger. Emotional numbing allows you to respond to the immediate. Compartmentalization allows one to engage in war. The problem is when the sxs don't dissipate when it is safe.

In brief: Adaptive to danger
The same sxs that are found in ptsd can be adaptive in combat.
Waking at a moment's notice can save your life. Battle breathing- rapid breathing & heart rate occur when engaged in battle. Hypervigilance makes you aware of danger. Emotional numbing allows you to respond to the immediate. Compartmentalization allows one to engage in war. The problem is when the sxs don't dissipate when it is safe.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology
3 doctors agree
In brief: It's a disorder
Ptsd serves no useful purpose, per se.
It is a troubling anxiety disorder that occurs like an echo of a horrible sound we wish we never heard. It is a disorder and is not beneficial to the human body. That's why we, who treat patients with it, are helping people move beyond it and return to a peaceful, satisfying life.

In brief: It's a disorder
Ptsd serves no useful purpose, per se.
It is a troubling anxiety disorder that occurs like an echo of a horrible sound we wish we never heard. It is a disorder and is not beneficial to the human body. That's why we, who treat patients with it, are helping people move beyond it and return to a peaceful, satisfying life.
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Dr. Lawrence Smith
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Dr. Bob Stewart
PTSD by definition is a disorder, but the process of re-experiencing the trauma alternating with shutting it out and accompanied by hyper-arousal may be the way the brain handles an overwhelming experience. We call it PTSD when the process doesn't work or gets stuck.
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