Coping with Ptsd Essay

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Coping with Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome Dorsey Lonsinger PSY303: Abnormal Psychology Instructor: Anita Jacob June 14, 2013 Coping with Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome Post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) is a rapidly growing diagnosis in the world today. “There are 7.7 million Americans age 18 and older who have PTSD” (Anxiety and Depression Association of America). When someone is in danger they commonly feel afraid and worried. This feeling activates immediate changes in their body to get them ready to defend themselves or to run away from the danger. This reaction in the body is known as “fight or flight” and is completely normal. The problem with PTSD is that the fight or flight response is damaged and individuals with PTSD have the feelings of being frightened and stressed at times when they are not in danger (NIMH). We will look into the definition of PTSD and its main symptoms, we will also need to look who is a risk for PTSD and the effects it has on people, and by doing this we will also be able to evaluate treatment for PTSD. Post-traumatic stress disorder is an anxiety disorder that can occur when someone goes through a traumatic expertise that could have resulted in injury (physical or emotional) or death. To this day doctors cannot explain why a traumatic experience causes PTSD in certain individuals and not in others. They believe that genetics, emotions, and family orientation may have a profound influence on your chances of contracting PTSD. Doctors also believe that emotional traumas from your past may broaden your chances of PTSD after a current event. (The New York Times 2013). In a person without PTSD when they are subjected to traumatic experience the body releases stress hormones and chemicals, such as adrenalin, to allow the body to get ready to define itself or to run, this is called “fight or flight”. After the

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