Symptoms And Diagnosis Of Ptsd

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This journal submission is a reflection on the July 14th (PTSD), 21st (Children & Grief), and 28th (Children & Grief cont.) class lectures and the videos, Alive Day, HBO (2006), Helping Children Grieve, Ford and D’Arcy, and will be the last in this series.
This first lecture began with a comprehensive overview of PTSD. Some of the points highlighted included; everyone is at risk for PTSD and there is a very clear connection between grief and trauma. Grief can exist alone but trauma generally includes grief reactions and trauma is different from and overpowers grief (TLC, 2013). Those who suffer from PTSD are eight time more likely to attempt suicide and the suicide rates double when PTSD is combined with depression. Some of the behaviors associated with PTSD are, coping by avoidance, inability to recall specific events, detachment, isolation or estrangement from others, hyperarousal, and a lack of expectations for the future (Ambuske DeGurian, 2016). Many who suffer from PTSD also suffer from other psychiatric disorders including, addiction, and depression. In most cases the initial intervention should focus on PTSD.
Children & Grief, cont.
The lecture on July 28th, “Children & Grief, cont.” made my mind race through the semester drawing from readings and past lectures. In particular, that we are giving children a distorted view of death in child focused media. I will agree that there is a disconnect between the version of death and dying presented
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