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Understanding PTSD


What is PTSD?


Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) occurs in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a severe accident, natural disaster, war/combat, rape or other violent personal assault.



History of PTSD


According to the American Psychiatric Association #PTSD has been known by many names in the past, such as “shell shock” during the years of World War I and “combat fatigue” after World War II.


But PTSD does not just happen to combat veterans. PTSD can occur in all people, in people of any ethnicity, nationality or culture, and any age.


PTSD affects approximately 3.5 percent of U.S. adults, and an estimated one in 11 people will be diagnosed PTSD in their lifetime. Women are twice as likely as men to have PTSD.


Symptoms of PTSD


  • #flashbacks and nightmares

  • Trying to avoid thinking or talking about the traumatic event

  • Negative thoughts about yourself, other people or the world

  • Hopelessness about the future

  • Being easily #startled or frightened and Always being on guard for danger

  • Trouble sleeping

  • Trouble concentrating

  • Irritability, angry outbursts or aggressive behavior



PTSD #Treatments


Traditional therapies:

Cognitive Processing Therapy

Prolonged Exposure Therapy

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing


Alternative therapies:

#Hypnotherapy

#EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)




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