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SYMPTOMS FOR RESET

INFORMATION ABOUT Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 

 

STRESSOR:
Exposure to events that involved death or threatened death, serious injury,
or sexual violation

That were either:

  • Experienced personally

  • Witnessed while happening to someone else

  • Learned about –  happening to  a close relative or
    friend

  • Repeatedly  exposure to details about traumatic events
    (police/first responders)

 

SYMPTOMS:

  • Reccurrent unwanted re-experiencing of the tauma

  • Recurrent unwanted thoughts of trauma

  • Recurrent distressing dreams (recalled or behavior seen by
    others)

  • Acting or feeling as if event recurring while awake
    (flashbacks)

  • Intense physical distress at exposure  to  triggers
    reminding of  trauma

  • Psychological  reactions  to cues (panic, fear, concern)

 

Efforts to avoid thoughts, feelings, sensations

  • Avoiding people and places that remind about trauma 
  • Negative Thoughts and Emotions not present before trauma
  • Diminished interest or participation in activities
  • Feelings of detachment and estrangement from others
  • Pervasive negative emotional state
  • Persistent inability to experience positive emotion
  • Inability to recall an important aspect of trauma
  • Persistent distorted blame of self and others about causes and consequences of trauma
  • Persistent and exaggerated negative expectations about self, others, and the world (eg, becoming cynical, untrusting of others

 

Increased Arousal

  • Irritability or outbursts of anger
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Exaggerated startle response
  • Hyper vigilance
  • Difficulty concentrating 

COMMON PSYCHIATRIC CONDITIONS CO-OCCURRING WITH PTSD

  • Depression
  • Substance Abuse
  • Anxiety Disorders:  Panic, Generalized Anxiety, Social Phobia, Obsessive-Compulsive Type Conditions

 

COMMONLY MEDICAL CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH PTSD:

  • High Blood Pressure, Rapid Heart Rate
  • High Cholesterol
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Stomach and Bowel Problems
  • Diabetes
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (if exposed to blast situations)

For more information:

WEBSITES FOR PATIENTS AND THOSE CARING FOR/ABOUT THEM:

WWW.PTSD.VA.GOV

WWW.MYBACKTOTHEWALL.COM

 WWW.DRCROFT.COM

WWW.HEALTHYPLACE.COM

WWW.MAYOCLINIC.COM

FOR PROFESSIONALS:

To download forms

www.mybacktothewall/forms.html

For professional and patient information

www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/index.asp    (for physicians and mental health professionals)

www.nimh.nih.gov

www.mayoclinic.com

www.mybacktothewall.com

www.healthyplace.com

Books with references

Clinical Manual for Management of PTSD

Benedek DM, et al. Clinical manual for management of PTSD. Washington, DC.: American Psychiatric Publishing; 2011.

Once a Warrior–Always a Warrior

Hoge CW. Once a Warrior–Always a Warrior. Guilford, CT: GPP Life, 2010.

“PTSD: Principles of Diagnosis and Treatment” www.medscape.org/viewarticle/757160

“Treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Military and Veteran Populations: Initial Assessment”   Institute of Medicine.  http://www.iom.edu/

Learn more from Dr. Croft’s book on PTSD: “I Always Sit With My Back To The Wall”.

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