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PTSD - A Public Service Page

More than 170,000 U.S. troops are stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan, sacrificing life and limb to keep America safe. Nearly 40,000 have been wounded, an estimated 300,000 are living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and in 2005, there were at least 6,256 suicides among those serving in the armed forces. Many vets say when they return home, they feel mistreated and neglected and are forced to fight a medical system bureaucracy that doesn't hear them. Are we doing enough to care for our heroes? Find out what's really going on as Dr. Phil tackles this hot-button issue!

PTSD is something that effects many of our troops. It can result in depression and suicide for many of them. We would like everyone to know about this and help make sure that anyone who needs treatment - gets it. The information below was borrowed from an archive of a recent Dr. Phil episode.

Here is Dr. Phil's Online Discussion Forum

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that may develop after being exposed to an extremely stressful or life-threatening event — involving death, the threat of death or serious injury — with resulting intense fear, helplessness or horror. If you are experiencing these symptoms for a duration of more than a month, you could be suffering from PTSD.

Persistently Re-Experiencing the Event
Having recurring dreams about the event or having persistent and distressing recollections of the event. Feeling as if the trauma were reoccurring, and experiencing distress when exposed to cues.

Avoiding Stimuli Associated with the Trauma
Making efforts to avoid thoughts, conversations, people, places and activities associated with the trauma.

Numbing of General Responsiveness
Pulling back and having a diminished interest in activities that are significant. Feeling detached or estranged from others.

Increased Arousal Symptoms Not Present before the Trauma
Being easily startled, having difficulty sleeping or concentrating. Developing a heightened irritability and/or having angry outbursts. Becoming hypervigilant — behaviors you did not experience before the event.

Disturbance Impairs other Areas of Functioning
Experiencing significant impairment in social or occupational activities or any other important areas of functioning.

For more information about PTSD, visit: - Free Therapy to veterans of post 9/11

The National Mental Health Association

American Psychiatric Association

The National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine

US Dept. of Veterans Affairs - PTSD Section: Information, Programs, Services, and help locator

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