Tag Archives: mental health

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 Increases Risk for Heart Disease

Studies over the last couple of years have shown that those who are dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) also appear to die sooner from heart disease.  In fact, it seems likely that the PTSD worsens coronary artery plaque build-up.

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Long Waits in Emergency Rooms Linked to PTSD, Poor Prognosis

While most of us believe stress comes before the heart attack, a new study shows that a long wait in an emergency room can contribute to the development of the symptoms related to post traumatic stress disorder.

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PTSD and Suicide Risk

Those who witness or are involved in a violent, gruesome, or horrific act are at risk for developing Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The unsettling emotions stirred by PTSD can cause some to be more at risk for suicide than others who have not experienced such post-trauma. Experts assert that family, friends, and doctors keep a […]

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Tips for Living with PTSD

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a serious condition that affects tens of thousands of people. Like you, they have experienced some highly traumatic event (or ongoing events) in their life that shattered their sense of personal safety in some way. The trauma may have involved physical trauma or violence – either experienced or witnessed by […]

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New Study Reveals PTSD Can Affect Driving Ability

Most of us who commute to and from work know how stressful the drive can be but we don’t know what it’s like to drive through a military war zone. Many war veterans are experiencing this difficult transition as they return to driving the streets in the United States after time spent in Iraq or […]

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Reactions to Fearful Faces May Predict which Soldiers Get Post-Traumatic Stress

One way of predicting which soldiers will experience post-traumatic stress syndrome may be by tracking their reactions to fear, according to a new study from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Cancer Survivors Struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

A cancer diagnosis and the treatment that follows weigh heavily on many survivors, and in some instance haunt survivors years later. The stressful symptoms mimic those experienced by soldiers returning from war.

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New Screening Tool a More Accurate Predictor of PTSD

A new tool for more accurately predicting cases of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is now available following more than 10 years of study. It is called the NY PTSD Risk Score. There have been previous tests for assessing PTSD risk. One such test, the Primary Care PTSD Screen, has been used by the Department […]

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PTSD Patients Six Times More at Risk of Committing Suicide

Recent findings from the University at South Carolina show that patients with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, have elevated levels of irritation and tenderness that are caused by increases in certain cells regulating the immune system.

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