Types of Anxiety/Stress Disorders

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

The essence of PTSD is the development of disturbing and potentially disabling psychological symptoms following a traumatic event. Aside from veterans from where this condition was first denoted, it is also prevalent in victims (or families of victims) of natural disasters, violent crimes, and traumatic accidents of all kinds.

PTSD is the development of disturbing and potentially disabling psychological symptoms following a traumatic event.

The correct diagnosis is dependent on the duration of symptoms. Symptoms of less than one month after the traumatic event are given a diagnosis of acute stress disorder. With symptoms enduring longer than one month, the diagnosis is changed to PTSD.

The most common symptoms of acute stress or post-traumatic stress are:

  • Nightmares related to the event
  • Strong, life-like flashbacks
  • An avoidance of thoughts or feeling associated with the event
  • Repetitive and distressing thoughts about the event
  • Loss of interest in activities that used to bring pleasure
  • Emotional numbness
  • Avoiding activities or situation associated with the trauma
  • Dissociation or detachment from sense of one’s body
  • Detachment or estrangement from others
  • Insomnia
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability or outbursts of anger

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