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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

This article will focus on the diagnosis, variations of treatment, doctor's assessment, and the side effects of treatment to each individual. Important issues are the history of the problem and how often the episodes occur. An effective tool to use during the analysis of an individuals problem is taking care of one problem at a time. Also available treatment for PTSD suffers are cognitive, and behavioral therapy. The way a clinical psychologists take care of their patients is vital to the success or the failure of the proposed treatment.

PTSD is a prolonged maladaptive reaction to a traumatic event that is characterized by the intense fear, avoidance of stimuli associated with the event, and reliving of the event. Exposure to event of attacks, witness of a homicide, heart attack patient, and an explosion of a major building could lead to this type of reaction. PTSD may not start after the event occurs, but it could last for a long period of time after the event has taken place. The feelings of an increased heart rate and a feeling of not receiving help are often associated with the feeling of PTSD. PTSD often affects war veterans, disasters victims (tsunami in Asia), and victims of child molestation or rape. Also people in New York on September 11, 2001 may also suffer from PTSD. Studies today show that over a half of a million of New Yorkers developed PTSD months after the events of September 11th. The events may be relived in dreams, nightmares or flashbacks. But suffers of PTSD try not keep their mind off the event that would cause them to go back in time. The traumatic events will cause mental and emotional changes before it will be labeled as a high priority. Because the way a...

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