Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (DSM-IV)

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Personality disorders have high occurrence in today’s society, so being able to detect and inhibit post traumatic stress disorder in individuals is a big concern. Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is classified as an anxiety disorder in the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.) Symptoms include unsettling recurring flashbacks, and avoiding to talk about the event or feeling numb when it is brought up. Other symptoms include physiological and psychological tension, and could continue for months after the traumatic experience have happened. Post traumatic stress disorder is believed to be caused by the events of risking a person’s like such as warfare, sexual assaults, and traffic collisions. Patient portrays…show more content…
The patient has been dealing with issues such as alcohol and substance abuse, as well as having an eating disorder, leading to anxiety. Because of the matters on hand and a denial attitude, the patient has become schizophrenic which leads to mood fluctuations, and becoming even more mentally ill. With all the issues arising, physically and mentally, the patient has fleeted to self-harm due to insecurity and the fear of being alone. In result, having substantial nursing care is…show more content…
Accurate assessment of post traumatic stress disorder for the case presented is critical because of the damaging effects trauma can have on the aspects of functioning in their day-to-day life. Correct symptom description, diagnosis, and response to situations can be made only to the length that measures allow. There has been progress, and that innovative measure can only move forward. However, there still is further work that needs to be done to address measurement issues in PTSD in relation to mental issues found in the patient’s case. Post traumatic experiences of the patient have made them mentally weak having low self esteem to cope with situations that surround them. In result, the patient is in denial of the truth as she fears of being left out and neglected and did not want to dig up on important issues of such physical injuries she had and sincerely can’t accept realities of
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