Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

PTSD is an anxiety disorder that people can get after seeing or living through a dangerous event.

Anxiety- is a normal reaction to stress.


Symptoms:- can arise suddenly, gradually, or come and go over time- sometimes symptoms appear seemingly out of the blue- other times, they are triggered by something that reminds you of the original traumatic event, such as a noise, an image, certain words, or a smell. Everyone experiences PTSD differently, there are three main types of symptoms:-Re-experiencing the traumatic event-Avoiding reminders of the trauma-Increased anxiety and emotional arousal

Course:1.) Outcry- initial stage involving distressing emotions that often become overwhelming. The initial shock of the trauma characterizes this stage2.) Avoidance/Denial- Victim does not want to believe that the trauma occurred and compulsively tries to return to their pre-trauma existence.3.) Intrusions- Intense emotions and thoughts that are reminscent of the trauma begin to creep back into consciousness, as indicated by the person's heightened arousal.... reexperiencing occurs in this phase.4.)Work to Completion- Acceptance of the trauma and its consequences build and equilibrim is restored.

Prevalence:-aprroximately 7.7 million American adults ages 18 and older, or about 3.5% of people in this age group in a given year have ptsd- about 19% of Vietnam veterans experienced PTSD at some point after the war.


Cause:-The disorder also frequently occurs after vilent personal assaults such as rape mugging, or domestic violence;terroism;natural or human-caused disasters;and accidents


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