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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Information

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a term for certain psychological consequences of exposure to, or confrontation with, stressful experiences that the person experiences as highly traumatic. These experiences can involve actual or threatened death, serious physical injury, or a threat to physical and/or psychological integrity. It is occasionally called post-traumatic stress reaction to emphasize that it is a routine result of traumatic experience rather than a manifestation of a pre-existing psychological weakness on the part of the patient.

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USA Today recently published an article about cases of addiction in the military, referencing a general who talked to a group of physicians about his dependence on pain medications and the frequency of substance abuse in the military. Lt. Gen. David Fridovich foresees, “An epidemic of chronic pain sweeping through the US military after a decade ... Read More »
Everyone encounters stress over the course of their lives, but some experience it more often than others. Some jobs, like working in the military, certain fields of healthcare or in the fire or police department, put workers in highly stressful situations on a constant basis and that stress can have serious health effects. ... Read More »
Even with a normal baseline production of neurotransmitters and a normal receptor activity, chronic stressors or chronic pain can alter your brain's physiology, allowing major depression to develop. In other words, external events play a big role in your mood; it is certainly not all about genetics. For example, if your environment is stressful ... Read More »

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