PTSD: The Dramatic Effects

Dr. Nicholas Jenner PsyD, MA

Post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is one of the most misunderstood and misdiagnosed psychological conditions that exist. Often disregarded by the medical profession, treated with suspicion by health care and sometimes not even recognized by the sufferers themselves, it justifies the title given to it by David Kinchin as the “Invisible Injury”. It is, in fact far more widespread than many people think. One medical website claims: “PTSD drives more people to seek mental health treatment than any other psychiatric illness today. Yet it has been recognized as a diagnostic category since only 1980”

The official definition of PSTD is: “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, is an anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal in which grave physical harm occurred or was threatened. Traumatic events that may trigger PTSD include violent personal assaults, natural or human-caused disasters, accidents, or military combat. “(National institute of…

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