Post – traumatic stress
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
Persistent frightening thoughts or memories of
feeling emotionally numb towards people once
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
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.
Anyone at any age
Traumatic or terrfying experiences such as:
Natural disasters war or military combat
Death or serious illness of a loved one
Being a victim of or seeing violence
medicines such as Zoloft, Luvox,
Trazodone, and antidepressants, or both.
Talk to a doctor, close friend, relative, or
trusted adult about your concerns.
Emphasis needs to be placed upon
establishing a feeling of safety
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Not all trauma victims experience PTSD
immediately after exposure to trauma
It affects nearly eight million American
Many movies, such as Birdy, Coming
Home, The Deer Hunter, portray Vietnam
war veterans suffering from PTSD