PTSD & Family Functioning

Recent Australian research has show that improvements in PTSD symptoms following treatment does not always result in improved family functioning. The study showed that PTSD did not predict family functioning, whereas family functioning predicted PTSD. These results demonstrate how functional domains, particularly family functioning, can have notable impact on the recovery from PTSD. Treatment of…

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Mental disorders associated with cardiovascular disease

Individuals with PTSD, depression, and other mental disorders have an increased risk of physical health problems. For example, there is substantial evidence linking depression with cardiovascular disorders, and there is increasing evidence of a similar association for PTSD. The etiology is thought to be multiply-determined, involving behavioral, psychological, and biological processes that combine over time…

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Exposure therapy can improve physical health and social functioning

The effects of PTSD extend far beyond its symptoms. PTSD can affect both physical and mental health as well as quality of life in multiple ways. For example, Cognitive Processing Therapy improves physical health and sleep. Prolonged Exposure improves physical health and social functioning. Clients treated with Prolonged Exposure report better social functioning , and…

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Treating PTSD

Several short-term psychosocial treatment programs for PTSD have been developed and found useful. The majority of these programs fall within the domain of Cognitive Behavior Therapy. The most studied program is Prolonged Exposure in which patients repeatedly relive their traumatic event and systematically confront trauma-related situations that evoke unrealistic anxiety. Variants of Exposure Therapy have…

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What are the symptoms of PTSD?

After exposure to an extremely traumatic experience, some individuals re-experience the traumatic event in recollections, flashbacks, nightmares or after encountering reminders of the event. They may also develop emotional numbing and avoid situations that trigger unpleasant memories. Despite emotional numbing, many individuals with PTSD also have increased arousal or alertness. Re-experiencing the traumatic event. Most…

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Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety Disorders are often the result of trauma. These disorders can include panic, generalized anxiety, obsessive compulsive, social phobia and posttraumatic stress. Panic Disorder is characterized by recurrent panic attacks accompanied by four of the following symptoms: palpitations, sweating, trembling, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, lightheaded and a fear of dying. Generalized Anxiety Disorder…

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PTSD & Migraines

Recent research has indicated that migraine suferers are more apt to have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than the general population, Therefore the identification and treatment of PTSD in migraine sufferers may be an important part of their care that may reduce migraine-related disability. The study found that PTSD was present in 30.3% of those with chronic daily headache and…

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trauma exposure, posttraumatic stress disorder and diminished health status.

A recent study has found a found an association between PTSD severity and health risk as measured by metabolic syndrome (systolic and diastolic blood pressure, waist-to-hip ratio and fasting measures of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, serum triglycerides and plasma glucose concentration), an important established predictor of morbidity and mortality. It is therefore quite possible that…

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Women’s responses to sexual violence

In the first 2-3 hours after assault. 1. Physical shak­ing, trembling and shock. 2. Scared, worried, terrified and con­fused. After this initial period. 1. Symptoms of depression, exhaustion and restlessness, together with post traumatic stress disorder.   Medium to long term effects. 1. Heightened fear, anger, anxiety, guilt, self blame, loss of trust, flashbacks and…

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Linked to Childhood Trauma

Childhood trauma has been shown to be a very important risk factor for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Recent research has show than exposure to childhood sexual, physical and emotional abuse as well as neglect is associated with a greater than five fold increased risk of developing CFS. Individuals suffering from CFS should be screened for childhood trauma…

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