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Is post-traumatic stress disorder preventable?

Beta blockers (β1-Blockers) lower norepinephrine release (Berg, 2014), however it seems that the jury is still out on whether there is an effective and ethical way to prevent Post-Traumatic Stress ...
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What personality traits moderate the effects of trauma on empathy?

There is a large and diverse literature on this topic which paints a complex picture of the relationship between trauma and empathy. Some studies have found significant trauma symptoms to be related ...
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Can PTSD be mild? Do the traumas have to be of a certain kind?

In order for something to be diagnosed as a disorder by a mental health professional, the client typically experiences distress and impairment in activities of daily functioning. If the time frame ...
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Resources for adults supporting a partner with childhood sexual trauma

Rape and sexual assault definitely does not only affect the assaulted, but also the friends and family as they can feel helpless, not knowing what is best to do to help and support the assaulted. As I ...
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Prevalence of mental health problems in medical professionals caused by exposure to death?

I believe, and I do not know if good quality epidemiological evidence exists, that such situations may trigger abnormal illness representations among medical professionals. Factitious disorders, for ...
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PTSD based on false memories

An answer I provided before on the possibility of recalling forgotten memories briefly talks about False Memory Syndrome and PTSD. As stated in the answer, Memory is not fixed as it is very ...
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Why might sleeping on the floor alleviate PTSD symptoms?

Why might sleeping on the floor alleviate PTSD symptoms? Question: Does sleeping on the floor have similar neurotransmitter effects, as sleeping under a weighted blanket might? Psychiatrically, would ...
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Is there a term for the desire to maintain a level of anxiety?

With "normal" risk taking related to "thrill seekers" what you could be talking about can be Sensation Seeking (Zuckerman, 2007) Risky behavior can be an expression of a normal, genetically ...
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Does verified evidence for Freudian repression of traumatic memories exist?

I find this question very interesting, for this reason i did some digging. Short answer Yes, there're many studies about neurobiological implication of "repressed memories" and they underline how ...
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Can PTSD be mild? Do the traumas have to be of a certain kind?

The DSM (Diagnostics and Statistics Manual) is used here in the UK as well as in the US. The 5th edition, which is the current edition, stipulates the criteria required to diagnose PTSD here is an ...
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Is there a neurological difference between someone experiencing a "normal" trauma response, and someone with PTSD? Or are they on the same continuum?

First, your question pertains to two possible populations: "less long-lasting" PTSD is diagnosed as acute stress disorder (ASD); PTSD cannot be diagnosed until at least one month after ...
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When and how did the concept of psychological trauma begin to be extended and expanded to include more mundane and less severe experiences?

One can't be certain what that kind of allusion refers to, but there has been a level of controversy stemming from the changes to the trauma criterion in DSM-IV (it was changed again in DSM-5). The ...
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Why does a person's mind keep imagining situations with problems that do not exist and continue solving those problems in the imagination?

It sounds like you're talking about what psychologists and neuroscientists commonly call episodic future thinking or mental simulation. In this cognitive state, we simulate possible future scenarios, ...
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PTSD is an internalising disorder or mixed?

My understanding is that the internalizing/externalizing dichotomy refers to the way symptoms are expressed, not the source/cause of the disorder. Internalizing disorders are those that mostly have an ...
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Evidence for EFT (Emotional Freedom technique) for PTSD

The meta-analysis on anxiety referred to by Church, D. et al. (2018) was performed by Sebastian & Nelms, (2017) was published in a questionable journal. This critique by Ferrara found that ...
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Are there any cases of a person with misophonia for which the condition has been passed on to their child?

Noise sensitivity aggregates in families and the estimate of heritability is 36% (Shepherd et al., 2015). A popular scientific source states that misophonia is not caused by a traumatic event, but ...
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Correlation between anxiety disorders and PTSD

Actually, epidemiological studies are not as clear-cut, showing some overlap/comorbidity Spinhoven et al. (2014): Prevalence of 5-year recency PTSD among anxiety and depressive disorders was 9.2%, ...
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Correlation between anxiety disorders and PTSD

TLDR The DSM-5 recognises the epidemiology of anxiety within PTSD, and the reason for the lack of genetic correlation is the fact that in PTSD, the anxiety is exogenous (environmental) rather than ...
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Is there a link between brain injuries (TBI) and PTSD?

It is reported that mild traumatic brain injury does not produce Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder however, according to this report in the American Journal of Psychiatry, severe TBI could possibly lead ...
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What are threshold symptoms and sub-threshold symptoms?

I believe that the concept of 'subthreashold symptoms' refers to a situation where a client clearly presents with symptoms of a given condition but, crucially, they present with too few symptoms to ...
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