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  • Location: Gulfport, MS
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PTSD is well known for over a hundred years under a variety of different names.During World War I, PTSD was called shell shock, and during WW II, it was referred to as combat fatigue. The understanding and effective treatment of PTSD were actually described in the psychiatric literature well before the Vietnam War.This disorder is defined in terms of the trauma itself and the person's response to the trauma. Trauma occurs when a person has experienced, witnessed, or been confronted with a terrible event that is an actual occurrence.The person may have been threatened with a terrible event, injury, or death to themselves or others. The person's response to the event or threat involves intense fear, helplessness, and/or horror. It is important to note, however, that having strong reactions to trauma is normal. Note, there is a spectrum of expected reactions depending on a person's prior exposure to trauma,even on genetic factors.There are efficient and effective treatments for PTSD.


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Treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) typically includes counseling, cognitive-behavioral therapy and sometimes antidepressant medication. Other forms of treatment may include education and other support. What treatment can do for you is to reduce your symptoms, help you function normally, help make you feel safe, and help prevent PTSD symptoms from returning. It can be very hard to talk about traumatic events. It is very important to establish comfortable, trusting relationships with your health professionals. It is also important that you acknowledge the effect that a traumatic event has had on you and seek help. Left untreated, PTSD can lead to long lasting physical and mental distress. Trying to handle symptoms of PTSD by isolating yourself, trying to forget the traumatic event, or by using alcohol or drugs to quiet the memories, you may have additional problems, such as depression, substance abuse problems, or panic attacks. Seeking help can prevent a worsening of PTSD symptoms, more emotional and physical distress, anxiety, and problems maintaining relationships.



gail621

gail621

SECONDARY PTSD is susceptible to ones around the person with the disorder. This is typically spouses, guardians, children, caretakers, mates, etc. The secondary subject is generally in direct contact with the primary sufferer and usually will feel the symptoms such as the sufferer. This could be physical pain as well as anxiety and/or depression. As with the primary sufferer, the right kind of counseling is a must. It is important to contact your local mental health organization for the proper procedures according to the local state laws. In certain circumstances, counseling is free of charge or based on your income. If the family is military, notify the family counselor center on the military installation. The sooner the proper therapy is achieved, the better the quality of life will be for you.

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gail621

gail621

There is a new group on the board. We are learning different experiences that has happened to us that has changed us in one way or the other. An almost crippling disorder that one cannot see. It's called Post Traumatic Strss Disorder. It affects a million human beings, not just Americans, and they don't even realize they have it.

http://groups.blackplanet.com/ ptsd101 or ptsdweb.com, check 'em out. It explores different spectrums and break down the stressors and the anxieties.