Posttraumatic Stress Disorder ( Ptsd )

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Posttraumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD, is a psychological problem that according to Nebraska Department of Veterans’ Affairs, in 2007, 7.8 percent of Americans will experience at some point in their lives. Posttraumatic stress disorder has a range of symptoms that affects the life of the person who suffers from the disorder and close friends and family. However, there is hope for the person suffering from PTSD and six different theoretical models to choose from. Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder in which fear and related symptoms continue to be experienced long after a traumatic event (Comer, 2011). Symptoms of Posttraumatic stress disorder are re-experiencing the traumatic event, avoidance, reduced responsiveness, increased arousal, negative emotions, and guilt. Re-experiencing the traumatic event may include the person having recurring thoughts, memories, dreams, or nightmares, connected to the event; a few relive the event so vividly in their minds (flashbacks) that they think it is actually happening again (Comer, 2011). Avoidance is when the person avoids people, places, or activities, conversations, or feelings, that might remind them of the traumatic event. Reduced responsiveness is when the person with PTSD loses interest in activities that once brought enjoyment or detaching themselves from other people. Some experience symptoms of dissociations, or psychological separation: they feel dazed, have trouble remembering things,
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