Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
- Physical assault
- Natural disaster such as earthquakes, hurricanes, or fires
- Sexual abuse
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Animal attack
- Previous traumatic experiences
- A history of being physically abused
- Poor coping skills
- Lack of social support
- Existing ongoing stress
- A social environment that produces shame, guilt, stigmatization, or self-hatred
- Alcohol abuse
- Family history of mental health problems
Re-experiencing of the event
- Dreams or nightmares
- Anxious reactions to reminders of the event
- Avoidance of having close emotional contact with family and friends
- Avoidance of people or places that are reminders of the event
- Loss of memory about the event
- Feelings of detachment, numbness
- Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
- Anger and irritability
- Difficulty concentrating or paying attention
- Being easily startled
- Symptoms of PTSD, which have lasted for more than one month
- Both emotional distress and disturbed functioning (eg, problems at school, work, or home) due to the symptoms
- Acute—symptoms last between 1-3 months after the event
- Chronic—symptoms last more than 3 months after the event
- Delayed onset—symptoms do not appear until at least 6 months after the event
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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Working with a cognitive-behavioral therapist
- Having a strong network of social support
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National Center for PTSD—US Department of Veterans Affairs http://www.ptsd.va.gov
Canadian Psychiatric Association http://www.cpa-apc.org
Canadian Psychological Association http://www.cpa.ca
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- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 03/2013 -
- Update Date: 03/15/2013 -