Flashcards in PTSD Deck (11):
What is PTSD?
A disorder that can develop (immediately or delayed) after a stressful even or situation of extremely threatening or catastrophic nature
What kind of events can cause PTSD?
sudden death of loved one
rape or sexual abuse
What are the 4 types of symptoms you get with PTSD?
negative alterations in modi and cognition
alterations in arousal or reactivity
What are intrusions?
intrusive images and sensory impressions
What is avoidance?
avoiding people, situations or circumstances resembling or associating with the event
What are some negative alterations in mood and cognition?
feeling alienated from others
diminished interest in activities
distorted negative beliefs in oneself/ the world
inability to remember key details of the event
What are some alterations in arousal or reactivity?
exaggerated startle response
What are some risk factors for developing PTSD?
low social support
history of mental disorder
history of drug and alcohol abuse
How is PTSD diagnosed?
Davidson trauma scale etc.
What is the treatment of PTSD?
watchful waiting and follow up
trauma focused CBT
- SSRIs e.g. paroxetine, fluoxetine, sertraline