Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Words, sounds, or situations that remind you of trauma can trigger your symptoms. Symptom categories:
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PTSD is a mental health disorder that begins after a traumatic event. Events may include:
PSTD is also known as "shell shock" or "battle fatigue." People with PSTD feel a heightened sense of danger. They are always in the fight-or-flight response mode, causing them to feel stressed or fearful, even in safe situations.
If you're diagnosed with PTSD, you will likely be prescribed therapy, medication, or both.
PTSD may cause changes to the brain. People with this disorder have a smaller hippocampus that is responsible for memory and emotion.
There is no specific test to diagnose PTSD. Diagnoses can be difficult because people may suppress the trauma or may be reluctant to talk about it. To be diagnosed with PTSD, you must experience all of the following symptoms for more than a month:
Learn about PTSD to understand your feelings and how to deal with them.
PTSD affects those around them. The anger, fear, or other negative emotions can put a strain on the strongest relationships.
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Regular exposure to stress in small quantities can prepare us to handle a big stressful event in our lives. Prepare yourself for stress by self-education about the stressful event, by doing some physically stressful activities like completing a marathon, or something you dread, like giving a speech.
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Science suggests that we will do more than recover: we will show immense capacity for resiliency and growth.
Resilience is the ability to maintain a relatively stable and healthy level of psychological and physical functioning during and after a very traumatic event.
Studies reveal that resilience is actually common and can be attained through multiple unexpected routes. Studies further show that the majority of trauma survivors do not develop PTSD, and most report unexpected growth from their experience.
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