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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder ('PTSD')?

What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition resulting from exposure to direct or indirect threat of death, serious injury or a physical threat. The events that can cause PTSD are called "stressors” and may include natural disasters, accidents or deliberate man-made events/disasters, including war. Symptoms of PTSD can include recurrent thoughts of a traumatic event, reduced involvement in work or outside interests, emotional numbing, hyper-alertness, anxiety and irritability. The disorder can be more severe and longer lasting when the stress is human initiated action (example: war, rape, terrorism).

In my experience representing disabled veterans, PTSD can run the gamut from limited symptoms to overwhelming impairment. Combat-related conditions can obviously cause the disorder, but other stressors such as sexual assault are common. Any stressor that is service-connected can be the basis for a Veterans disability claim. I will address the stressors in my next installment.

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Anonymous said...

Awesome post!

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder said...

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and normal stress reaction has a lot in common. Though the only difference is that PTSD has a powerful response and it could stay and hunt someone for good. Here are some common causes of this condition car accidents, violence, sexual assault, armed robbery, natural disasters and child abuse. Sufferer or not we need to know the signs, symptoms, implications and how to spot someone who’s having this kind of condition and most importantly how to help them to be cured.

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