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Transcript of PTSD
•Compromising to an individual's emotional or physical well-being
•Anything that causes intense fear • Anyone at any age
•Survivors of abuse, accidents, and disasters
•All ethnicities can be afflicted with PTSD
• PTSD changes the body's response to stress and it affects the stress hormones and chemicals that carry information between the nerves WHO and WHY do people get PTSD? Symptoms of PTSD For a doctor to diagnose PTSD, a person must have ALL of the following for at least one month:
• at least one re-experiencing symptom: FLASHBACKS or BAD DREAMS
• at least three avoidance symptoms:
STAYING AWAY FROM REMINDERS, FEELING EMOTIONALLY NUMB, GUILT, DEPRESSION, WORRY, LOSS OF INTEREST
• at least two hyper arousal symptoms:
STARTLE EASILY, BEING ON "EDGE", DIFFICULTY SLEEPING, ANGRY OUTBURSTS
• symptoms that make it hard to go about their daily life, go to school, work, or be with friends Diagnosis of PTSD Traumatic triggers include:
• Experiencing/witnessing accident or injury
• Receiving life-threatening diagnosis
• Death of a loved one
• Terrorist attacks
• Assault/sexual assault
• Physical abuse
• Childhood neglect * Some people don't show any symptoms for a few weeks or months after the trigger event occurs PTSD is an anxiety disorder A child draws his trigger event- a tornado A soldier flashes back to his trigger event- combat • Post trauma support from family, friends, co-workers
• Mental health therapy
• Faith counseling
• Developing coping mechanisms
• Recognize, monitor, and control stress responses
• Service and emotional support dogs
• Medications Cure for PTSD There are currently no cures for PTSD As long as people have memories, and until a drug is invented* to erase those memories, one can only:
• Enter into treatment to maintain symptoms. • Cognitive behavior therapy shows promise in the prevention of PTSD by teaching people how to react to stressful situations and traumas
• Because each person's experiences are different, so must be their treatment. *There are currently drug trials underway. By Kelly Friedman Response to STRESS Flashbacks