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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

"Fight or flight” mode is a natural instinct for humans; however, in individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder, better known as PTSD, that instinct has been damaged or altered. Even in the absence of real danger, people with PTSD can experience fear and dread. PTSD affects about 7.7...

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War. Rape. Fear. Violence. Molestation. Sexual assault. According to Bessel van der Kolk, MD, incidents involving emotional trauma and toxic stress are far more common than people generally understand. Since 2001, he says, far more Americans died due to family violence than in the wars in Iraq and...
Our level of resiliency can be attributed to both nature and nurture. Genetic make-up is part of the equation, as is the thinking and behavior patterns that rise out of cultural and family history. Life experiences play a role. A childhood filled with adverse experiences, says Borchers, can make an individual less resilient and more prone to conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder.
Phobias, anxiety and panic attacks are life-stealers, crippling people’s ability to pursue opportunity to the fullest and diminishing day-to-day happiness and contentment. For people grappling with these conditions, coping skills are a lifeline, able to diminish negative feelings, conquer fear and enhance overall life satisfaction. “The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook,” by Edmund Bourne, is an unparalleled guide, comprised of readily attainable, multiple coping strategies and the skills required to eradicate the debilitating effects of anxious thinking and phobic behavior. Currently in its sixth edition, this evidence-workbook is widely recommended by therapists, used widely as an adjunct to therapeutic situations and upheld by the most recent scientific findings available.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a very real condition that affects countless individuals on a daily basis. While veterans are the most likely to suffer after experiencing or witnessing the horrors and trauma of war, any terrifying event can trigger this mental health condition. This can include rape, bombings, plane crashes, personal attacks, accidents or other traumatic stimuli. As a result, the nightmares and anxiety can severely impact relationships as the person suffering from the condition is consumed with thoughts and memories of the event and is unable to share their feelings with their loved ones. This leads to feeling of helplessness and guilt on the part of the loved one who just wants their partner to once more be the person they once were.
While the term "PTSD" typically conjures up images of soldiers coming back from war, the disorder actually affects an estimated 77 million Americans. Many people experiencing symptoms may not even realize that they have it, because symptoms can start unexpectedly. PTSD can cause panic attacks and other debilitating symptoms that are scary and disruptive. Once someone knows that they are experiencing PTSD, treatment is necessary in order to return to life as normal.