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Do you think the death of a parent at a young age could cause traumatic stress disorder?

My mom died when I was 20. She was sick with cancer since I was 14. During that time, I wasn't aware of the seriousness of cancer, I was a kid. Now that I'm alot older, I wish I could go back, but of course I can't. However, I feel I have "issues" because of this. Do you (any professionals please answer, thank you) think that I could have traumatic stress disorder from something like this? I have serious trust issues as well as some other problems (depression, etc) Thanks in advance.

PTSD-ummm nope. You don't seem to write about exhibiting any major symptoms and the time difference is pretty long. You maybe finally ready to deal with the pain as a result of her death that you supressed at your young age. Regardless i think you should talk with a professional. Losing someone at a young age and someone of such value will have severe affects on your psyche.  (+ info)

I have Nightmares and I also have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

I have Nightmares and I also have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and I have insomnia your thoughts any suggestions or ideas?

Nightmares are a huge part of PTSD and not wanting to go to sleep because of these can cause insomnia. It's a cycle and therapy is needed to recover from it. Sometimes medication is given as well, but talking about the issue (with a professional) that caused the PTSD is the best way through this.  (+ info)

can you get a California medical marijuana recommendation for post traumatic stress disorder?

well i got diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder a couple months ago and my doctor prescribed me antidepressants and i really can't deal with the side effects and they don't help at all i actually feel way worse and i started to experiment with marijuana and its really the only thing that actually works for me so i was wondering if i can get a recommendation from my doctor or what other drugs are useful for PTSD and doesn't have as much side effects as the other anti depressants ?

Check out 420times.com its a forum, and it will give you loads of useful info ...

I wish they had medical marijuana permits all over the USA!


Is Post Traumatic stress disorder in anyway related to Phobias?

writing a paper for my psyc 100 class on phobias and came across PTSD and kinda would like to see how the two are related. Are they similar? Have kind of found that Phobias can be caused by traumatic events and obviously PTSD is too.

both are anxiety disorders. There is also a pretty high co-morbidity between the two, meaning, basically, that many people have both phobias and PTSD.

It has been proposed (and supported empirically) that there is a trait underlying anxiety or that reflects a vulnerability to anxiety disorders--this is called anxiety sensitivity. Arguably, it could reflect vulnerability to any anxiety disorder.

You should be able to search for these terms and get a good bit of information.  (+ info)

Can anyone help with websites for people who have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

My husband has been off work for 8 months,he has been for Incapacity Benefit assessment and been sighned off for 1 year. I need sites that can give me some ideas on how to try and help him and me, I am finding the stress of dealing with him and all the finacial issues is wareing me down. Thanks if you know what I an talking about and can help.

I have PTSD for which I am receiving counselling and medication.

Try the link below these people deal specifically with trauma. They have a helpline which you can call during the day and they will be more than happy to talk to you and give you advice and help.


It is very difficult coping with the effects is has on both of you and I hope you get the help you need.

:-)))  (+ info)

What are the symptoms of 'post-traumatic stress disorder'?

Can depression, agoraphobia, and social anciety be symptoms of 'post-traumatic stress'?

Yes those can be symptoms of PTSD. But, how does one know if they have the depression, agoraphobia, and social anxiety you mention?

A person who suspects the emtional problems listed should get counseling from a reputable pyschologist. One who has been recommended by others who have been helped. If a person can't afford counseling, they should invest in a good book on those ailments and try to work through it that way.

If the depression, agoraphobia, and social anxiety have already been diagnosed by any means, than yes they can be symptoms of PTSD. Be advised PTSD is caused by a traumatic event. It could be either abuse, a violent attack, a terrible car accident or fall or even witnessing a terrible event. I fear many of the people who survived the attack on the twin towers will one day experience PTSD, as will some of the searchers and rescuers.

With PTSD a person may or may not have nightmares about the actual event because the subconscious may be blocking it out. Other odd dreams can occur and sometimes no dreams. A person may find their daytime thoughts wandering and wonder why they can' t stay focused. They move things and can't remember where they put them.

PTSD can be emotionally disturbing and downright frustrating because the victim may not always know what is wrong.

Hope that helps..................  (+ info)

How does post-traumatic stress disorder in Vietnam War differ from war in Iraq or the two World Wars?

What effects of these wars are left behind on the soldiers in United States and how are they different from those from other wars? Why?

PTSD is the same irregardless of the war or where it is held.

Each person has suffered a trauma that is specific to/for them.

'Nam was a war where we had no business sending the young to fight and it was in a country where the surroundings were totally different than most people sent there were used to and I believe it was more a wholesale killing spree than a controlled fighting issue.

Put anyone in another country or a totally different situation and have them kill and see horrors most people can't even begin to imagine and for some suffer physical injuries that they will never overcome and PTSD is a given. The Psyche is traumatized, usually for life.  (+ info)

What are the main Differences Between Acute Stress Disorder and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder?

What are the characterisitcs of each individual disorder that separates them? As there are 2 different names, there must be individual characteristics!

There is a difference.

ASD is immediately after the traumatic experience that causes the stress. It's a bit more recent than the diagnosis of PTSD because researchers realized that some people experienced trauma immediately after the experience. It was before considered 'shell shock', but now has a technical diagnosis and technical definition.

ASD must occur within four months of the incident. PTSD isn't that way, it can happen years and years after whatever happened. So basically the difference is in the time-frame and not in the symptoms.  (+ info)

How is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) shown by the character Robert Neville in the novel, "I am Legend?

I have to research topic that relates to the novel I am Legend. I chose to do PTSD as a topic. I am focusing on the main character Robert Neville because that is who I believe experienced a traumatic event that led to the development of PTSD.

I was just wondering what you people thought :)
-signs of ptsd?


A person develops Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome when a traumatic or tragic event took place in their life. The words "post traumatic" basically means something that occurred AFTER a traumatic situation. In the novel, "I am Legend", Robert Neville does show signs of P.T.S.D. He always had recurring flashbacks of his child & wife's death. The image/memory replayed itself over and over again in his head, and he could not help it. Also, the drastic change in the human population over a short period of time could have caused him to develop symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.

When my Grandfather returned from the Vietnam War, he had severe symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. He still shows signs today. I am a sophomore in High School and I had to do a research paper on P.T.S.D. Robert Neville would be a great connection example used for a research paper. Good topic. ;)  (+ info)

What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and how it should be handled?

This is a very common word during disasters, but nothing much is done.

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the term for a severe and ongoing emotional reaction to an extreme psychological trauma.[1] The latter may involve someone's actual death or a threat to the patient's or someone else's life, serious physical injury, or threat to physical and/or psychological integrity, to a degree that usual psychological defenses are incapable of coping.

Early intervention after a traumatic incident, known as Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) is often used to reduce traumatic effects of an incident, and potentially prevent a full-blown occurrence of PTSD.  (+ info)

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