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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms and Diagnosis

Overview of PTSD symptoms, the requirements for a PTSD diagnosis, and how a PTSD diagnosis is made.

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...

Sleep Problems - Coping with Sleep Problems
Many people with PTSD experience difficulties sleeping. What kind of sleep problems do you experience and what have you found to be helpful in coping with your sleep problems? Share your experience with and learn from others here.

Ways of Coping with Being Diagnosed with PTSD
Being diagnosed with PTSD can be a stressful experience. This article takes you through some coping skills for managing your emotions following being diagnosed with PTSD.

Common Symptoms After a Traumatic Event
Many people do not know what is a "normal" or an "abnormal" symptom after a traumatic event. This article presents some information on common symptoms that develop following a traumatic event, as well as what symptoms are important to look out for.

How do I know if I have PTSD?
There are specific requirements that must be met to be diagnosed with PTSD. Learn about these requirements here.

Delayed-Onset PTSD: What Is It and Why Does It Occur
Learn more about delayed-onset PTSD and why it may occur.

How Do I Tell Someone About My PTSD Diagnosis?
Telling loved ones about your PTSD diagnosis can be a difficult thing to do. Learn some tips on how to go about telling someone about your PTSD.

The Size of the Hippocampus Differs Between People With and Without PTSD
Certain parts of the brain of people with PTSD have been found to be different from those without PTSD. Learn more about how PTSD may impact the brain.

PTSD and Emotional Avoidance
People with PTSD commonly try to avoid their emotions. While this may be effective in the short-run, in the long-run, emotional avoidance can cause a number of problems. Learn more about emotional avoidance in PTSD.

What are the Symptoms of PTSD?
Do you think you or a loved one may have PTSD? There are a number of different symptoms associated with PTSD. A description of these symptoms is provided here.

How is PTSD Diagnosed?
Do you think you may be experiencing symptoms of PTSD? Learn the requirements for a PTSD diagnosis.

Being Diagnosed with PTSD: The Procedure and What To Expect
A mental health professional will often conduct an interview with you to determine whether or not you meet criteria for a PTSD diagnosis. Learn about what to expect during this interview.

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

Who Should You Meet With About Your PTSD?
There are a number of different types of mental health professionals trained in the treatment and assessment of PTSD. Learn about the different types of mental health professionals here.

The Body's Natural Response to Stress and Danger
Our body responds in a particular way to stressful situations and danger. This response is called the "fight or flight syndrome." In attempting to understand PTSD, it is important to also understand our body's natural way of responding to stressful situations.

How I Came To Be Diagnosed with PTSD
Being diagnosed with PTSD can be a long and difficult journey. Although it may be stressful to receive a diagnosis of PTSD, it can also be a very positive experience. By receiving a diagnosis of PTSD, many people may gain a better understanding of their symptoms. Knowing your diagnosis can also lead you to the right treatment. Share your story...

Rates and Consequences of Sexual Assault
The term "sexual assault" refers to a range of behaviors that involve unwanted sexual contact, such as sexual molestation or rape. People (regardless of whether you are a man or a woman) who have experienced a sexual assault are at high risk for developing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) . Unfortunately, sexual assaults happen all...

Information on PTSD Symptoms
Learn more about the different symptoms that people with PTSD may experience.

What Exactly Does PTSD Do to the Brain?
An in-depth look at the physiological origins of PTSD, from the amygdala and hippocampus to the prefrontal cortex (PFC) and the mid anterior cingulate cortex.

Acute Stress Disorder – The Diagnosis Before PTSD

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