This Is PTSD

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the result of a severe and extraordinary stressor in the person’s life that may be environmental (a large fire, hurricane), war, or violent crime (armed robbery, child abuse, rape), or the witnessing of violent incidents. Symptoms of PTSD are categorized as such not before the period of three months after the traumatic event. Before that time symptoms may fall into the classification of Acute Stress Disorder. People with PTSD may startle easily, become emotionally numb (especially in relation to people with whom they used to be close), lose interest in things they used to enjoy, have trouble feeling affectionate, be irritable, become more aggressive, or even become violent. They avoid situations that remind them of the original incident, and anniversaries of the incident are often very difficult. PTSD symptoms seem to be worse if the event that triggered them was deliberately initiated by another person, as in a mugging or a kidnapping. Most people with PTSD repeatedly relive the trauma in their thoughts during the day and in nightmares when they sleep. These are called flashbacks. Flashbacks may consist of images, sounds, smells, or feelings, and are often triggered by ordinary occurrences, such as a door slamming or a car backfiring on the street. A person having a flashback may lose touch with reality and believe that the traumatic incident is happening all over again.

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