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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder MENTAL HEALTH The Journal of the American Medical Association JAMA PATIENT PAGE fter people experience a very stressful event, they may feel that they should be able to move on and “just handle it” or “get over it.” Some experiences, Ahowever, are so traumatic that some individuals have serious problems coping and functioning in their daily lives afterward. They may have posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The August 15, 2012, issue of JAMA includes 2 articles about treatment of PTSD. This Patient Page is based on one previously published in the August 1, 2007, issue of JAMA. WHAT IS POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD)? Posttraumatic stress disorder is the development of characteristic symptoms that last for more than 1 month, along with difficulty functioning after exposure to a life-threatening experience. SYMPTOMS � Intrusion—memories of the trauma or “flashba cks” that occur unexpectedly; these may include nightmares or physical reactions such as a racing heart � Avoidance—avoiding people, places, thoughts, or activities that bring back memories of the trauma; this may involve feeling numb or emotionless, withdrawing from family and friends, or “self-medicating” by abusing alcohol or other drugs � Hyperarousal—feeling “on guard” or irritable, having sleep problems, having difficulty concentrating, feeling http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

JAMA , Volume 308 (7) – Aug 15, 2012

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Abstract

MENTAL HEALTH The Journal of the American Medical Association JAMA PATIENT PAGE fter people experience a very stressful event, they may feel that they should be able to move on and “just handle it” or “get over it.” Some experiences, Ahowever, are so traumatic that some individuals have serious problems coping and functioning in their daily lives afterward. They may have posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The August 15, 2012, issue of JAMA includes 2 articles about...
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American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright 2012 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0098-7484
eISSN
1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.2012.4082
pmid
22893176
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Abstract

MENTAL HEALTH The Journal of the American Medical Association JAMA PATIENT PAGE fter people experience a very stressful event, they may feel that they should be able to move on and “just handle it” or “get over it.” Some experiences, Ahowever, are so traumatic that some individuals have serious problems coping and functioning in their daily lives afterward. They may have posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The August 15, 2012, issue of JAMA includes 2 articles about treatment of PTSD. This Patient Page is based on one previously published in the August 1, 2007, issue of JAMA. WHAT IS POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD)? Posttraumatic stress disorder is the development of characteristic symptoms that last for more than 1 month, along with difficulty functioning after exposure to a life-threatening experience. SYMPTOMS � Intrusion—memories of the trauma or “flashba cks” that occur unexpectedly; these may include nightmares or physical reactions such as a racing heart � Avoidance—avoiding people, places, thoughts, or activities that bring back memories of the trauma; this may involve feeling numb or emotionless, withdrawing from family and friends, or “self-medicating” by abusing alcohol or other drugs � Hyperarousal—feeling “on guard” or irritable, having sleep problems, having difficulty concentrating, feeling

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JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Aug 15, 2012

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