Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: Symptoms and Treatment

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Introduction
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that the individual develops following a "terrifying ordeal that involved physical harm or the threat of physical harm. The person who develops PTSD may have been the one who was harmed, the harm may have happened to a loved one, or the person may have witnessed a harmful event that happened to loved ones or strangers." (National Institutes of Health, 2013, p.1) Post-traumatic stress disorder first gained the attention of the public in regards to veterans of war but may result in various traumatic incidents including such as "mugging, rape, torture, being kidnapped or held captive, child abuse, car accidents, train wrecks, plane crashes, bombings, or natural disasters such as flood or earthquakes." (National Institutes of Health, 2013, p.1)
I. Symptoms and Characteristics of PTSD JSASSN International (2009) reports that the primary feature of Post-traumatic stress disorder is the "development of characteristic symptoms following exposure to an extreme traumatic stressor involving direct personal experience of an event that involves actual or threatened death or serious injury, or other threat to one's physical integrity; or witnessing an event that involves death, injury, or a threat to the…
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