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How to Identify Teens Who Might Be at Risk for PTSD

A study appeared in a recent edition of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry which examined the question of what places teens at risk for developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The study was carried out through a research team at Boston Children’s Hospital which sifted through data on close to […]

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Training Could Prevent PTSD in Soldiers

Addressing the proper treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be a challenge as the cause for one individual can be quite different for another. It’s also difficult to identify factors that lead to or can prevent the onset.

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PTSD and Dissociation

Dissociation is a mental health term used to describe an abnormal sense of psychological, emotional, or physical detachment. Prominent forms of this detachment include a sense of unusual separation from the body and a sense of unusual separation from the surrounding physical environment. Generally speaking, people experience dissociation as part of a psychological defense mechanism […]

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PTSD Can Develop After a Life Threatening Illness

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder which is triggered by some sort of traumatizing life event. Violent events such as combat, assault, robbery and rape can trigger the condition. So also can intense experiences like natural disasters or automobile accidents. In fact, learning that you have a life-threatening illness and dealing with the […]

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Study Finds Brain May Have Switch That Regulates Trauma Experiences

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is characterized by anxiety, depression, sleep problems and flashbacks. It occurs when an individual experiences or is a witness to a tragic event, which may include anything from being in a car accident or witnessing an assault.

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Study Tests Whether Chronic Illness Affects Risk of PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is generally associated with significant tragic events. The person suffering from PTSD may have been directly involved with the stressful situation, or they may have been a witness to the events. Traumatic situations leading to PTSD can range from injury due to a car accident to witnessing violence. In some cases, […]

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Tropical Storm Isaac Raises Concerns of PTSD

Any extremely stressful and anxiety provoking experience can lead to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We normally affiliate the disorder with soldiers returning home from the horrors of war, but with Tropical Storm Isaac hitting the previously ravaged areas left by Hurricane Katrina, it’s no wonder that survivors are breaking out into cold […]

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Mental Health Problems Before War Increases PTSD Probability

New research implies that war isnt necessarily the only reason some military personnel experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In the study, researchers found that most of the soldiers who showed symptoms of PTSD had been experiencing mental health issues before they were even assigned to a war zone.

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Predicting PTSD Before it Occurs

Most of us experience intense emotions and reactions after a traumatizing event like a combat situation or a vehicle accident. Some people suffer much longer and become caught up in the throws of a long term disorder such as post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD which can be debilitating.

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911 Dispatchers May Experience PTSD

911 dispatchers have a very high-stress job, fielding calls about emergencies and talking callers through the first steps before police and firefighters arrive. In some cases, however, the stress can be extremely intense. Dispatchers are often put in a position of hearing a caller describe a life-threatening situation, without a way to physically help them.

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