Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
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How Is PTSD Detected?
Most people experience intense emotions after a traumatic event. Under extreme stress, the brain reverts to primitive, survival-oriented thinking. The body activates the “fight-or-flight” response in a split-second when confronted by danger. Some people simply freeze, unable to stop reliving the horror.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder worsens as the individual consciously tries not to think about what happened. Constant avoidance of disturbing thoughts and memories leaves people emotionally numb.
Anger, irritability, disrupted sleep, and substance use disorders are among the warning signs of PTSD. While it’s normal to experience acute anxiety after a traumatic event, fear usually goes away in time. The disorder is diagnosed when symptoms last longer than four weeks, cause great distress, or disrupt daily life.
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