Wayne Macfadden Discusses Posttraumatic Stress Dissorder

Wayne Macfadden Lends Insight to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Online PR News – 12-September-2010 – – Posttraumatic stress disorder 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. "Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is often less frequent and more enduring than acute stress response, which is more commonly seen", says Wayne Macfadden.

Diagnostic symptoms for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder include re-experiencing the original trauma 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 require that the symptoms last more than one month and cause significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.

Posttraumatic stress disorder is classified as an anxiety disorder, characterized by aversive anxiety-related experiences, behaviors, and physiological responses that develop after exposure to a psychologically traumatic event (sometimes months after). Its features persist for longer than 30 days, which distinguishes it from the briefer acute stress disorder. These persisting posttraumatic stress symptoms cause significant disruptions of one or more important areas of life function. It has three sub-forms: acute, chronic, and delayed-onset.
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