Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Sneha Korlakunta

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Cause

What kinds of events cause PTSD?


  • When you go through, see, or learn about an event involving…
    • Actual or threatened death
    • Serious injury
    • Sexual violation
  • Most common…
    • Combat exposure
    • Childhood neglect and physical abuse
    • Sexual assault
    • Physical attack
    • Being threatened with a weapon

Are there types of PTSD specific to the event that caused it?


  • Normal Stress Response
  • Acute Stress Disorder
  • Uncomplicated PTSD
  • Comorbid PTSD
  • Complex PTSD
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What is the prognosis of PTSD?


  • differs from individual to individual
  • specific medications and/or psychotherapies may often result in
    • a substantial reduction in the symptoms of PTSD
    • an improved quality of life

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Effect

How does PTSD affect people’s lives?


  • ’shattering of innocence’
    • loss of faith in safety, predictability, or meaning in the world
  • an assault to a person’s biology and psyche
  • Hyperarousal
  • Re-experiencing
  • Avoidance/Numbing
  • Symptoms of any PTSD can take a while to appear
    • Delayed trauma can occur in cases such as childhood sexual or physical abuse and trauma

What happens to a family when a member suffers from it?


  • Sympathy
  • Negative feelings
  • Avoidance
  • Depression
  • Anger/Guilt
  • Health Problems

What treatments are there for PTSD?


  • Normal Stress Response Treatment
  • Acute Stress Disorder Treatment
  • Uncomplicated PTSD Treatment
  • Comorbid PTSD Treatment
  • Complex PTSD Treatment

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Outside View: What do people with PTSD look like to strangers?

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PTSD: National Center for PTSD

"The National Center for PTSD is dedicated to research and education on trauma and PTSD. We work to assure that the latest research findings help those exposed to trauma."

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Works Cited


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