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Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), More than Just Anxiety Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

After exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal in which the individual was exposed to extreme personal danger, an anxiety disorder by the name of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD can develop. Possible traumatic events leading to PTSD include but are not limited to, personal assaults like rape or mugging, accidents, military combat, or natural or human caused disaster. PTSD is an anxiety disorder and though there is an entirely different section on anxiety disorders listed below, we felt there was enough information on this disorder for it to be discussed independently.

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About 3.6 percent of U.S. adults ages 18 to 54 (5.2 million people) have PTSD during the course of a given year.
About 30 percent of the men and women who have spent time in war zones experience PTSD.
People with PTSD also experience emotional numbness and sleep disturbances, depression, anxiety, and irritability or outbursts of anger.
PTSD is diagnosed when symptoms last more than 1 month. PTSD can develop at any age, including in childhood.
Symptoms typically beginwithin 3 months of a traumatic event, although occasionally they do not begin until years later.
Military troops who served in Vietnam and Gulf Wars; rescue workers involved in the cleanup of the 9/11 attacks, physical and sexual abuse survivors, survivors of the 1989/1994 California earthquake and North and South Dakota floods as well as Hurricane Hugo, Andrew and the more recent hurricanes are all candidates for developing PTSD.
Research supported by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is being conducted to develop effective treatments to help people with PTSD. Research is also helping scientists better understand the condition and how it affects the brain and the rest of the body.
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