Post – traumatic stress disorder

Document Sample
Post – traumatic stress disorder Powered By Docstoc
					Post – traumatic stress
        disorder
            Explanations
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD is
an anxiety disorder that occurs after being
exposed to a terrifying event or situation
in which the victim's life was in danger or
threatened, or physical harm occured or
was threatened. Triggers include: violent
personal assaults, rape, military service or
combat, human-caused or natural
disasters
                   Symptoms
   Persistent frightening thoughts or memories of
    the event
   feeling emotionally numb towards people once
    close to
   sleep problems
   easily startled
   angry outbursts
   feeling detached.
                    Diagnoses
 The doctor will obtain relevant history of exposure to
  traumatic stress and symptoms of PTSD
 Evaluate the patient for other psychiatric disorders that
  often follow traumatic events
 Consider ordering tests dictated by the clinical situation
  and also what other psychiatric problems a patient could
  have
 They will focus a physical examination on possible
  medical sequelae of the traumatic even on illnesses that
  could appear to be PTSD.
 PTSD is diagnosed when a person's symptoms last
  longer than a month. Sometime symptoms do not show
  up until months after the actual event.
             Those affected
   Anyone at any age
                 Causes
Traumatic or terrfying experiences such as:
 Natural disasters war or military combat
 personal assault
 Rape
 Death or serious illness of a loved one
 Car accidents
 Plane crashes
 Being a victim of or seeing violence
              Treatment
 Talk therapy
 medicines such as Zoloft, Luvox,
  Trazodone, and antidepressants, or both.
              Getting Help
 Talk to a doctor, close friend, relative, or
  trusted adult about your concerns.
 Emphasis needs to be placed upon
  establishing a feeling of safety
 Family services of Chemung county inc.
  733-5696
Related/interesting Information
 Not all trauma victims experience PTSD
  immediately after exposure to trauma
 It affects nearly eight million American
  adults
 Many movies, such as Birdy, Coming
  Home, The Deer Hunter, portray Vietnam
  war veterans suffering from PTSD




    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfrbnu_Qfp0

				
DOCUMENT INFO
Shared By:
Categories:
Tags:
Stats:
views:5
posted:10/16/2011
language:English
pages:10