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PTSD and Your Health

A diagnosis of PTSD can have a major impact on your health. Learn about the relationship between PTSD and a number of health-related problems.

The Relationship between PTSD and Medication Adherence
Few studies have looked at PTSD and medication adherence; however, it may be a useful way to understand the poor physical health outcomes observed among people with PTSD. Learn more about the study that looked at the effect of PTSD on medication adherence.

The Association between PTSD and Headaches
There is some evidence that PTSD and headaches commonly co-occur. Learn more about why this may be, as well as ways of coping with headaches.

Multiple Sclerosis and Risk for PTSD
Learn more about multiple sclerosis and risk for PTSD.

The Benefits of Exercise for People with PTSD
Learn more about the benefits of exercise for people with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Understanding and Managing Sleep Problems When You Have PTSD
It is very common for people with PTSD to experience some type of sleep problem. Fortunately, there are things you can do to improve your sleep. The first step is to understand what kind of sleep problem you have and how it is connected to your PTSD. The next step is to learn ways of coping with your sleep problem. There are a number of...

Information on the Association between PTSD and Preventable Diseases
Learn more about the association between PTSD and a variety of preventable diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes.

The Relationship between PTSD and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Several studies have found that people with PTSD may be more likely to have irritable bowel syndrome. Learn more about the connection between these two conditions and what can be done.

PTSD and Rheumatoid Arthritis
Learn more about the connection between PTSD and rheumatoid arthritis.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Risk for PTSD
This article presents information on the risk for PTSD following a sudden cardiac arrest.

HIV and the Development of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
This article discusses how PTSD can result from a diagnosis of HIV.

Physical Health - PTSD and Your Physical Health
PTSD can also have a major impact on your physical health. Many people with PTSD also experience a number of physical health problems, such as diabetes, pain, or obesity. What kind of physical health problems do you experience as a result of your PTSD and what have you found to be helpful in coping with these physical health problems? Share your...

PTSD and Poor Physical Health Behaviors
Learn more about the association between PTSD and poor physical health behaviors.

Sleep Problems When You Have PTSD
Learn more about the types and causes of sleep problems that people with PTSD often experience.

Sleep Apnea and PTSD
Sleep problems are very common among people with PTSD, and one reason for this may be due to sleep apnea. One study found that soldiers with combat-related PTSD exhibited high rates of sleep problems, including sleep apnea. Learn more about this study, as well as sleep apnea in general in this article.

The Connection between PTSD and Physical Health
People with PTSD may be at risk to experience a variety of psychological problems, such as depression, other anxiety disorders, and drug and alcohol use problems; however, PTSD can also have an impact on your physical health. In fact, people with PTSD have been found to be at greater risk for developing a number of physical health problems,...

Is There a Connection between PTSD and Your Health?
Can PTSD influence your physical health? Learn the answer to this question here.

The Connection Between PTSD and Pain
It is common for PTSD and pain to co-occur. Learn more about the connection between PTSD and the experience of pain.

Pain - Managing Pain
People with PTSD are at greater risk for experiencing physical pain. The experience of frequent intense pain can have a tremendous impact on a person's life. Have you experienced problems with pain since being diagnosed with PTSD? How have you coped with your pain? Share your experiences with other readers here.

Using Yoga to Cope with PTSD Symptoms
There is some emerging evidence that yoga may be beneficial for people with PTSD. Learn more about how yoga can help reduce PTSD symptoms in this article.

PTSD and Heart Disease Risk
In addition to mental health problems, it has also been found that PTSD increases risk for heart disease and premature death. Learn more about the link between heart disease and PTSD.

Physical Health of Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans
Studies have shown that many Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans are experiencing difficulties with PTSD, depression, alcohol use and anger. A recent study, though, also found that these veterans may also be at risk for a number of physical health problems.

PTSD and Obesity
People with PTSD have been found to also have a number of physical health problems. This may be due to the fact that there are high rates of obesity among people with PTSD. Learn more about the connection between PTD and obesity, as well as what you can do to build a healthier lifestyle.

Stress, Trauma, and Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among women, and there is evidence that the experience of traumatic life events may increase risk for breast cancer and its progression. Learn more about the relationship between trauma and breast cancer.

Risk for PTSD Due to Cancer
Having cancer can be considered a traumatic event and, therefore, not surprisingly, it has been found to be associated with the development of PTSD. Learn about the link between cancer and a PTSD diagnosis here.

PTSD among Childhood Cancer Survivors and Their Parents
Childhood cancer and its treatment may have long-lasting effects on the mental health of the child and his or her parents. Childhood cancer survivors and their parents have been found to exhibit heightened rates of PTSD. Learn about childhood cancer and PTSD, as well as how to cope with the illness.

Headaches - Coping with Headaches
There is some evidence that people with PTSD may be more likely to suffer from headaches. Do you have PTSD and headaches? What relaxation skills have you found to be helpful for your headaches?

Health Problems among People with PTSD and Diabetes
People with PTSD have been found to have higher rates of diabetes. Read about a study that examined different health-related problems among people with both PTSD and diabetes.

Sexual Problems in Veterans with PTSD
In addition to mental and physical health problems, sexual problems in veterans with PTSD are also common. Learn more about sexual problems in Vietnam and Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans with PTSD.

PTSD and Physical Health
People with PTSD may be at risk for a number of physical health problems such as diabetes, arthritis, migraines, and pain. Learn more about the relationship between PTSD and physical health problems.

PTSD and HIV/AIDS
Medical advances in the treatment and management of HIV/AIDS in the last decade has considerably improved the health and quality of life of people living with this illness. Increased attention is now also being paid to how PTSD may impact the course of a person’s illness. Learn about the relationship between trauma, PTSD, and HIV/AIDS.

PTSD and Smoking
Approximately 45 million adults in the United States currently smoke, and it has been found that individuals with PTSD may be more likely to smoke. Learn about the rates of smoking in PTSD, why individuals with PTSD may be more likely to smoke, and treatments that are available for smoking and PTSD.

The Connection between Traumatic Exposure, PTSD and Pain
It is very common for people with PTSD to experience difficulties with pain. Learn more about the relationship between the experience of a traumatic event, PTSD and pain, as well as healthy ways of managing your pain.

PTSD and Substance Use
Numerous studies have found that individuals with PTSD are at greater risk for developing substance use problems. Rates of alcohol and drug use among people with PTSD are reviewed, along with reasons why people with PTSD may be at greater risk for these problems.

An Overview of Physical Health Problems in Veterans with PTSD
Military veterans with a diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have been found to be at high risk for the experience of physical health problems. This article provides an overview of specific physical health problems experienced by veterans.

An Overview of the Relationship between Cancer and PTSD
Learn more about the relationship between cancer and PTSD in this article.

Poor Health Behaviors in PTSD
Learn more about different types of poor health behaviors seen in PTSD.

The Connection between PTSD and Heart Disease
Learn more about the connection between PTSD and heart disease in this article.

The Development of PTSD from a Stroke
Learn more about the development of PTSD from a stroke in this article.

Aspartame and PTSD

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