PTSD: Not Just for Veterans

PTSD: Not Just for Veterans

By: Trey Dyer -- Although often thought to be a disorder that affects only combat veterans, post traumatic-stress disorder (PTSD) commonly occurs among people from all walks of life. PTSD is a disorder that develops in the wake of a traumatic event. PTSD can cause feelings of vulnerability, fear, anxiety and depression. While PTSD rates among veterans are high, they are also high among the general United States population. Individuals with PTSD often develop a co-occurring disorder, such as severe depression, anxiety disorders and substance use disorders.

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11 Tips for Surviving a Hospitalization when you have PTSD

11 Tips for Surviving a Hospitalization when you have PTSD

I write this piece with some humor. I have to. But, the topic is a weighty one, that many PTSD survivors will deal with in our lifetimes. PTSD can contribute to a variety of physical ailments, including compromised immune system response, and more frequent hospitalizations than the general population. Most trauma survivors I have spoken with have other related health problems, including chronic pain, fibromyalgia, migraines, heart disease, and neurological conditions among many others. Here are my 11 Tips for Surviving a Hospitalization when you have PTSD.

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Kripalu Center Event - The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

Kripalu Center Event - The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

October 2015 and January 2016: My favorite trauma researcher and author Dr. Bessel van der Kolk will be presenting a weekend program along with Licia Sky, LMT, BFA, at the Kripalu Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. I've found movement and yoga to be essential to my recovery program.

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Inner-City Violence & PTSD - a Hidden Epidemic

Inner-City Violence & PTSD - a Hidden Epidemic

Hospitals and emergency room staff should routinely screen for PTSD symptoms prior to discharge for victims of violent crime, sexual assaults, vehicular accidents, health emergencies and near-death experiences, among other traumatic physical injuries. Early treatment is key. Unfortunately, this is not standard practice in most hospitals across the country, despite rates of inner-city violence-related PTSD rates as high or higher than Iraq, Afghanistan, or Vietnam veterans.

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