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1 PTSD the Battle After the War By: Jesus Gutierrez

2 What is PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder classifies as an anxiety disorder caused by witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event the was threatening or injuring

3 Statistics 70% of Americans have suffered through a traumatic event. 20% develop PTSD. Women are more likely to be diagnosed than Men. Veterans have a 10-30% chance of developing PTSD

4 PTSD and your Brain PTSD affects ◦Prefrontal lobe (controls speech) ◦Amygdala (controls emotional regulation)  Enlargers in PTSD patients ◦Hippocampus (responsible for short-term memory) ◦Prefrontal cortex (regulates fear responses) amygdala

5 PTSD History PTSD was added by American Psychiatric Association (APA) in 1980. PTSD bas been called “soldiers heart” (Civil War), “shell shock” (WWI), and “Battle Fatigue” (WWII). Was not considered a disorder until after the Vietnam War

6 Basic PTSD information PTSD does not affect everybody that takes part in a traumatic event. PTSD has been called “soldiers heart”(Civil War), “Shell shock”(WWI), and “Battle Fatigue”(WWII) Raised public awareness after Vietnam War

7 Signs and Symptoms PTSD has three main categories Reliving Avoidance Arousal PTSD symptoms are present for more 30 days.

8 Reliving Flashbacks Repeated disturbing memories Repeated nightmares

9 Avoidance Emotional "numbing," or feeling as though you don't care about anything Become a loner Lack of interest in normal activities feeling like you have no future Being unable to remember trauma completely

10 Arousal Difficulty concentrating Startled easily Paranoia Outburst of anger Trouble sleeping

11 Treatment PTSD has no specific treatment “Desensitization” Is a method used to reduce symptoms Support groups are another method that would allow for one to share similar feelings.

12 Signs and Test You experienced or witnessed an event that involved death or serious injury, or the threat of death or serious injury Your response to the event involved intense fear, horror or a sense of helplessness You feel as if you're constantly on guard or alert for signs of danger, which may make it difficult to sleep or concentrate Your symptoms last longer than one month The symptoms cause significant distress in your life or interfere with your ability to go about your normal daily tasks


14 Complications Alcohol abuse Drug abuse Depression Panic attacks

15 Prognosis Prognosis depends on how early PTSD is diagnosed Early diagnosis, quick treatment, and staying social are all essential for a positive outcome

16 Project I created a website informing those of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD) the website has a list of signs and symptoms along with testimonies of former PTSD patients and contacts for where to get help or diagnosed.


18 Work Cited http://www.psychiatric- history/histor y-of-ptsd.php http://www.psychiatric- history/histor y-of-ptsd.php th/PMH0001923/ th/PMH0001923/ traumatic-stress-disorder-statistics traumatic-stress-disorder-statistics

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