Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
What is it?
-There is an increased risk if the patient has inherited mental health risks, and it could also depend on personality, life experiences, and brain chemicals.
Diagnosis and Treatment
-experiencing, witnessing, or reliving trauma
- learning about a close relative/friend experiencing trauma
Treatment includes psychotherapy (talk therapy) and possibly medication.
Prevalence and Prognosis
PTSD can be treated with psychotherapy but only about 30% have a complete recovery.
Interesting Facts and Ongoing Research
-1 in 5 combat veterans are sufferers of PTSD
-It can lead to alcohol and drug abuse
Fluoxetine is believed to reduce the outbursts of combat vets with PTSD. It improves the mod and increases the ability to think rather than act.