Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

The moral wounds of war

A soldier in the Australian Army is posted to Somalia, a country ranked among the world's most troubled states and where the capital, Mogadishu, is known as the "city of death". Life is cheap and warlords rule over clan-based ...

Nov 24, 2015
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Easing PTSD symptoms with exercise

A novel trial at the QUT Health Clinics' exercise physiology clinic investigating the use of exercise to alleviate the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is producing new findings on the needs of those with ...

Nov 04, 2015
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Fighting over fatigue

In the summer of 1989, Leonard Jason fell ill with the worst sore throat of his life. He couldn't shake it. As the leaves turned red and gold that fall, his energy and weight dropped dramatically, eventually forcing him to ...

Nov 10, 2015
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Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a severe anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to any event that results in psychological trauma. This event may involve the threat of death to oneself or to someone else, or to one's own or someone else's physical, sexual, or psychological integrity, overwhelming the individual's ability to cope. As an effect of psychological trauma, PTSD is less frequent and more enduring than the more commonly seen acute stress response. Diagnostic symptoms for PTSD include re-experiencing the original trauma(s) through flashbacks or nightmares, avoidance of stimuli associated with the trauma, and increased arousal—such as difficulty falling or staying asleep, anger, and hypervigilance. Formal diagnostic criteria (both DSM-IV-TR and ICD-10) require that the symptoms last more than one month and cause significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.

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