Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
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Scientific Breakthroughs & Caregiver Tips
How Does PTSD Progress?
Scientists continue to study complex brain changes related to PTSD. The brains of people with PTSD are wired differently from normal people. Trauma survivors in a state of hyperarousal perceive danger everywhere. Key neurotransmitters in the brain trigger a “fight or flight” response even when no imminent threat exists.
Over time, people with PTSD can develop intense feelings of anger and aggression. Tormenting memories and deeply suppressed anger may spark outbursts that are difficult to control. Bottled-up feelings of hyperarousal sometimes explode into violent rages. The need for intervention by a trained professional often becomes evident as the disorder progresses.
Warning signs of PTSD include:
- Anger and irritability
- Anxiety and worry
- Alcohol and drug use
- Relationship violence
- Self-destructive behaviors or threats
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