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Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), More than Just Anxiety Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

After exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal in which the individual was exposed to extreme personal danger, an anxiety disorder by the name of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD can develop. Possible traumatic events leading to PTSD include but are not limited to, personal assaults like rape or mugging, accidents, military combat, or natural or human caused disaster. PTSD is an anxiety disorder and though there is an entirely different section on anxiety disorders listed below, we felt there was enough information on this disorder for it to be discussed independently.

Quick Facts   People with PTSD
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Symptoms of PTSD
Many people with PTSD re-experience the ordeal in the form of flashback episodes, memories, nightmares, or frightening thoughts, especially when they are exposed to events or objects reminiscent of the trauma. Anniversaries of the event can also trigger symptoms. Feelings of intense guilt are also common. Most people with PTSD try to avoid any reminders or thoughts of the ordeal. People with PTSD can experience depression, emotional numbness, sleep disturbances, anxiety and outbursts of anger. PTSD is fairly common as approximately 1/3 of individuals in such scenarios develop this disorder.
Co-occurring disorders
Co-occurring depression, alcohol or other substance abuse, or another anxiety disorder is not uncommon. The likelihood of treatment is increased when other conditions are identified and properly treated. Headaches, gastrointestinal complaints, immune system problems, dizziness, chest pain, or discomfort in other parts of the body are common. Doctors often treat these symptoms without being aware that they stem from PTSD. For this reason, physicians are encouraged to ask patients about recent life events as they may influence physical well being. Once the disorder is identified it is a good idea to refer the individual to a mental health professional who is has experience treating people with this disorder.
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