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Could ptsd be showing itself through depression?

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Mike Moore
Family Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: Yes!

Yes, depression can associated with ptsd and the problems that ptsd causes in people's lives can cause depression.
Medications to treat depression can be helpful in these cases for people with ptsd.

In brief: Yes!

Yes, depression can associated with ptsd and the problems that ptsd causes in people's lives can cause depression.
Medications to treat depression can be helpful in these cases for people with ptsd.
Mike Moore
Mike Moore
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Dr. Robert Stewart
Clinical Psychology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes.

Ptsd involves avoidance and emotional numbing, and it can include feelings of guilt, shame, hopelessness and despair. That would feel like and look like depression.
Also, studies show that approximately 80% of people with ptsd have other disorders, including depression, anxiety or substance abuse. It's always important for a therapist to ask about traumatic experiences.

In brief: Yes.

Ptsd involves avoidance and emotional numbing, and it can include feelings of guilt, shame, hopelessness and despair. That would feel like and look like depression.
Also, studies show that approximately 80% of people with ptsd have other disorders, including depression, anxiety or substance abuse. It's always important for a therapist to ask about traumatic experiences.
Dr. Robert Stewart
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Intermingling

What ever goes up must come down.
This is also the case for ptsd. After long periods of hypervigilance & fight or flight- mode, the organism simply becomes exhausted with no energy to expend. There is low energy, lack of motivation, low sex -drive & often despondency & hopelessness.

In brief: Intermingling

What ever goes up must come down.
This is also the case for ptsd. After long periods of hypervigilance & fight or flight- mode, the organism simply becomes exhausted with no energy to expend. There is low energy, lack of motivation, low sex -drive & often despondency & hopelessness.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Missid Ghanem
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree

In brief: See below...

Ptsd & depression are 2 distinct syndromes or clusters of symptoms.
They do, oftentimes, coexist & alternate prominence status. Both depression & ptsd can be due to the unfortunate trauma suffered. Please, keep working closely with ur therapist & psychiatrist. If not connected yet, you need to do so. Wishing you well!

In brief: See below...

Ptsd & depression are 2 distinct syndromes or clusters of symptoms.
They do, oftentimes, coexist & alternate prominence status. Both depression & ptsd can be due to the unfortunate trauma suffered. Please, keep working closely with ur therapist & psychiatrist. If not connected yet, you need to do so. Wishing you well!
Dr. Missid Ghanem
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Dr. Samuel Miles
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Depression is often a complication of ptsd, as is alcohol and drug abuse.

In brief: Yes

Depression is often a complication of ptsd, as is alcohol and drug abuse.
Dr. Samuel Miles
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David Miller
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Seek help

If you think you have ptsd then you need to urgently seek care from a health care provider skilled in treating this disorder.

In brief: Seek help

If you think you have ptsd then you need to urgently seek care from a health care provider skilled in treating this disorder.
David Miller
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