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Defined by the National Institute of Mental Health, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is “a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event.” People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they are not in danger. Symptoms usually begin early, within three months of the traumatic incident, but sometimes they begin years afterward. Symptoms must last more than a month and be severe enough to interfere with relationships or work to be considered PTSD.
To be diagnosed with PTSD, you must have all of the following for at least one month:
Re-experiencing symptoms of PTSD include:
Avoidance symptoms include:
Arousal and reactivity symptoms include:
Cognition and mood symptoms include:
The main treatments for people with PTSD include medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of both. Since each case of PTSD is unique, treatment has to be personalized to the patient. Further research into the causes and treatment of PTSD will help health care professionals better treat those affected.
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