Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ..
In 2009, an unexpected opportunity landed in his e-mail inbox: a casting call, forwarded by a friend in Nashville, from an undergraduate filmmaker looking for someone to play a combat veteran who had lost a leg, had post-traumatic stress disorder and lived in Maine.
Diagnostic Criteria for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Survivors of trauma, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), can have it even worse. A crowded city street might trigger a soldier's memory of a past battle or roadside bomb, making normal interactions difficult or impossible. Victims of assault might by seized by fear after seeing a stranger on a quiet street.
In the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, physicians have been confronted with patients who have suffered psychological trauma. This Review Article examines an extreme reaction, the post-traumatic stress disorder, which may follow a variety of traumatic events. The author defines the syndrome, its clinical features, and research findings on its biologic aspects. For patients who require therapy, she discusses both counseling and pharmacologic approaches.