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Would a person with Post traumatic Stress disorder be able to receive an accurate polygraph test?

Would Post traumatic stress affect a polygraph exam?

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how to play a character with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

this is a topic in itself.
I'm doing a piece where I have a character who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder .
How would I show this , because no where in the piece does it literlaly say i hve this condition , so i would I portray this ?
nooo , i am a character suffering from it already . i watched my parents die .
how can i portray this ?
is it certain movements that ppl with PTSD do ?

You can say that you were a veteran soldier who participated in Afghanistan. And after seeing someone die a horrible death, you still have those reoccurring thoughts and images.  (+ info)

How does post traumatic stress disorder differ from acute stress discorded?

How does post traumatic stress disorder differ from acute stress discorded

Hi Krystlin. The only difference between Acute Stress Disorder and PTSD is the length of time that symptoms have been experienced. If the symptoms have been present for less than 30 days, then criteria is not met for PTSD and the diagnosis is Acute Stress. After 30 days, PTSD is the correct diagnosis. The actual diagnostic criteria are essentially the same. All the best.  (+ info)

why depression a sign & symptom of POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER?

i have a presentation on coming monday and my teacher question me to highlight that why depression a sign & symptom of POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER?

both PTSD and depression are two seperate disorders then why? how?

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What's the best way to overcome Complex Post Traumatic Stress Dissorder?

What are some ways that one can overcome the symptoms of Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, such as lack of trust?
I have a workbook at home, but I'm just checking to see if maybe there are some people out there who have used a more effective method to combat the symptoms. Thank you.

Trust is a hard thing to do when you have complex post traumatic stress disorder. I have it to. What I do is I just tell the person I'm trying to build trust with that I have PTSD and I don't trust very well. They should respect your wish and help you to start trusting them. I had one person say that to me and I said ask me any question you want and I will answer honestly. I don't think books do alot for you. I think if you get out there and face your fears it will become easier and easier.  (+ info)

What effect can Post Traumatic Stress Disorder have on families/friends?

Please understand that I am not asking what they can do to help, but what do they experience when they have a family member or friend suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Thankyou!! :)

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Is it possible to develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from watching a graphic horror movie at a young age?

If a young child (around the age of 7-8) watches an extremly graphic, and distubring horror movie would it be possible for them to develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

What are your opinions on this, is it highly unlikley?

Possibly the child could be so disturbed and frightened from the movie that they could develop some kind of disorder. But i think it would be more likely if it was some kind of experience they had. but i would think that movies could do the trick as well.. interesting question.. heres a star  (+ info)

Why I have been diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

I had a few violent relationships from age 20- 23 and find it hard to trust people so I keep people at a distance.
But I have had panic attacks and agoraphobia since the age of 9.
Post-Traumatic stress Disorder or something else ?
Also I have always had a hard time expressing myself in person to people I don't know well.

Do events you see that relate to it even if you see it through media sources, tv that will trigger problems and cause you now very hard times to view things that are close to what you suffered.

I ask this cause myself, I was in a severe accident, could have easily died, really could have with a C-1 fracture (broken neck) on cervical 1 with other issues that I don't even want to talk about witch is not like me, but points to PTSD and whenever I see on tv that resembles a accident, a bad accident with blood all over the victims of the accident. I just can't watch it, or have great trouble and triggers a lot of issues. Dreams use to come and really bother me,

I handle these issues the wrong way using diazepam too flood myself of all these triggers/thoughts and never experienced anything like this before.

Even though I will heal from all the injuries, I was lucky and could have even had temporarily or full paralysis so even though I feel lucky, I still get these attacks. what I am saying is if you don't think you have it, ask yourself if you experience any of the symptoms of it and really, experiences myself, something that you never really experienced before.  (+ info)

Can post traumatic stress disorder cause physical paralysis?

I thought I read somewhere that ptsd can cause physical paralysis due to the stress and such, but now I can't remember exactly where I found that information. I'm writing something where I was going to have a soldier lose feeling in his legs while suffering from ptsd, but I don't want to include it if it's not possible. Thanks!

Remember the brain is very powerful and we haven't even touched on what the possibilities are. In the same note physical handicaps are very different from mental handicaps. On the news lately there was a young girl that sneezes once every 5 seconds or something, while some think it's a "rare" disease, others think it's a tick. Physical properties in a disorder can fixed though physical cures but mental disorders are only fixable by verbal therapy. Sounds to me like a "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" when he thought he couldn't drive anymore hahaha.  (+ info)

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder....what is it? What are the symptoms of it?

What are the symptoms of it? I know you have to go through something traumatic in your life to experience it, obviously, but I was just curious as to what sort of signs to look for in trying to diagnose yourself? How long does the stress disorder normally last for? Thanks

Many people who are involved in traumatic events or witness them have a brief period of difficulty adjusting and coping. But with time and some healthy coping methods, such traumatic reactions usually get better on their own. In some cases, though, the symptoms can get worse or last for months or even years. Sometimes, they may even completely disrupt your life. In these cases, you may have post-traumatic stress disorder -In general, post-traumatic stress disorder can be seen as an overwhelming of the body's normal psychological defenses against stress. Thus, after the trauma, there is abnormal function (dysfunction) of the normal defense systems, which results in certain symptoms. The symptoms are produced in three different ways:

Re-experiencing the trauma
Persistent avoidance
Increased arousal
First, symptoms can be produced by re-experiencing the trauma, whereby the individual can have distressing recollections of the trauma. For example, the person may relive the experience as terrible dreams or nightmares or as daytime flashbacks of the event. Furthermore, external cues in the environment may remind the patient of the event. As a result, the psychological distress of the exposure to trauma is reactivated (brought back) by internal thoughts, memories, and even fantasies. Persons also can experience physical reactions to stress, such as sweating and rapid heart rate. (These reactions are similar to the "fight or flight" responses to emergencies described by Dr. Walter Cannon.) The patient's posttraumatic symptoms can be identical to those symptoms experienced when the actual trauma was occurring.

The second way that symptoms are produced is by persistent avoid  (+ info)

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