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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Facts You Need to Know
Education is the key to taking back the power trauma steals. To begin recapturing that power you must learn all you can about post-traumatic stress, it’s definition, symptoms, causes and how it applies to you.
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PTSD facts are critical. Understanding PTSD helps you know who you are today and gives you perspective about what you are attempting to do in recovery. Keeping current on PTSD facts and PTSD statistics keeps you on the cutting edge of awareness.
A PTSD definition changes everything. In 1980 the American Psychiatric Association formally recognized Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a psychological condition. What is PTSD? The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV has a nifty little description.
Survivors define PTSD on their own terms. It’s one thing to read about PTSD in a text book or diagnostic manual; it’s another to hear what it feels like from people who have experienced, coped with, lived with and wrangled the PTSD beast day to day.
PTSD symptoms cover a wide range. First, let’s get the lingo straight. If you’re stressed over an exam, or you don’t like having to deal with your boss, you do not have PTSD. You’re just stressed; totally different. Actual PTSD symptoms are classified in 3 specific categories.
Causes of PTSD cover a wide range, too. If having to stand online at the grocery store doesn’t give you PTSD, what does? The sad truth: there’s a mighty long list of events that cause us to feel life-threatened and with an utter sense of powerlessness.
A PTSD Test can give you a sort of PTSD checklist. If you think you may have PTSD the thing you most want is to know for sure. The first step toward diagnosis is deciding that your symptoms and experience are PTSD material. For this, it helps to read a comprehensive and condensed PTSD overview, and take a self-test.
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