December 2012

PTSD is Not Cancer

Volume 96, Issue 12
I believe many cases of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be prevented in combat troops through proper education. According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), PTSD is a severe anxiety reaction to a traumatic event such as rape or war, in which individuals repeatedly relive the event, avoid stimuli associated with the trauma, and experience symptoms such as difficulty sleeping and irritability.1 Typically, the symptoms develop shortly after the event, but also could take years to develop.

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Tags: PTSD, medical

David L Morgan II