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  • 1. PTSD Family Studies Mr. Schofield April 17, 2014 Lesson 7
  • 2. Today’s Pathway • Check-In and Attendance • Hook … • What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? • Is Medication Beneficial? • Optional Documentary on PTST • Optional Work Period on Unit End Project • Next Class: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • 3. Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • 4. Definition • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: “Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that's triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. .”
  • 5. Description • People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they’re no longer in danger. • PTSD develops after a terrifying ordeal that involved physical harm or the threat of physical harm. • The person who develops PTSD may have been the one who was harmed, the harm may have happened to a loved one, or the person may have witnessed a harmful event that happened to loved ones or strangers. • PTSD was first brought to public attention in relation to war veterans, but it can result from a variety of traumatic incidents, such as mugging, rape, torture, being kidnapped or held captive, child abuse, car accidents, train wrecks, plane crashes, bombings, or natural disasters such as floods or earthquakes.
  • 6. Who Is At Risk? • PTSD affects about 7.7 million American adults, but it can occur at any age, including childhood. • Women are more likely to develop PTSD than men, and there is some evidence that susceptibility to the disorder may run in families. • Anyone can get PTSD at any age. This includes war veterans and survivors of physical and sexual assault, abuse, accidents, disasters, and many other serious events. • Not everyone with PTSD has been through a dangerous event. Some people get PTSD after a friend or family member experiences danger or is harmed. The sudden, unexpected death of a loved one can also cause PTSD.
  • 7. Symptoms • 1. Re-experiencing symptoms • Flashbacks—reliving the trauma over and over, including physical symptoms like a racing heart or sweating • Bad dreams • Frightening thoughts. • 2. Avoidance symptoms • Staying away from places, events, or objects that are reminders of the experience • Feeling emotionally numb • Feeling strong guilt, depression, or worry • Losing interest in activities that were enjoyable in the past • Having trouble remembering the dangerous event. • 3. Hyperarousalsymptoms • Being easily startled • Feeling tense or “on edge” • Having difficulty sleeping, and/or having angry outbursts.
  • 8. Causes • Genetic • Brain chemistry • Experienced trauma • Environmental factors • Other …
  • 9. Treatment • Psychotherapy • Exposure Therapy • Cognitive Restructuring • Stress Inoculation Training • Talk Therapy • Medication • Sertraline(Zoloft) • Paroxetine(Paxil)
  • 10. Tips • Practice calm breathing • Relax muscles • Grounding techniques • Getting back into your life • Facing your fears