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Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that can develop after a person is exposed to a traumatic event, such as sexual assault, warfare, traffic collisions, or other threats on a person’s life. Symptoms may include disturbing thoughts, feelings, or dreams related to the events, mental or physical distress to trauma-related cues, attempts to avoid trauma-related cues, alterations in how a person thinks and feels, and increased arousal. These symptoms last for more than a month after the event. Young children are less likely to show distress but instead may express their memories through play. Those with PTSD are at a higher risk of suicide.

Most people who have experienced a traumatic event will not develop PTSD. People who experience interpersonal trauma (for example rape or child abuse) are more likely to develop PTSD, as compared to people who experience non-assault based trauma such as accidents and natural disasters. About half of people develop PTSD following rape. Children are less likely than adults to develop PTSD after trauma, especially if they are under ten years of age. Diagnosis is based on the presence of specific symptoms following a traumatic event.

Prevention may be possible when therapy is targeted at those with early symptoms but is not effective when carried out among all people following trauma. The main treatments for people with PTSD are counselling and medication. A number of different types of therapy may be useful. This may occur one-on-one or in a group. Antidepressants of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor type are the first-line medications for PTSD and result in benefit in about half of people. These benefits are less than those seen with therapy. It is unclear if using medications and therapy together has greater benefit. Other medications do not have enough evidence to support their use and in the case of benzodiazepines may worsen outcomes.

In the United States about 3.5% of adults have PTSD in a given year, and 9% of people develop it at some point in their life. In much of the rest of the world, rates during a given year are between 0.5% and 1%. Higher rates may occur in regions of armed conflict. It is more common in women than men. Symptoms of trauma-related mental disorders have been documented since at least the time of the ancient Greeks. During the World Wars study increased and it was known under various terms including “shell shock” and “combat neurosis”. The term “posttraumatic stress disorder” came into use in the 1970s in large part due to the diagnoses of US military veterans of the Vietnam War. It was officially recognized by the American Psychiatric Association in 1980 in the third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III)


adding page this day

curious what Carl Hart thinks..

actually.. added on cancer page (because of doc i put there on – forbidden cures):

mushrooms for depression

ecstacy for ptsd

Rebecca Brachman


and shortly after watching doc: wartorn..

7 min – after civil war more than half of patients in mental institutions were veterans

In 1980 post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) became an accepted diagnosis for veterans with psychological wounds.

8 min – col john bradley – chief of psychiatry, walter reed… hallmark.. keyed up and on edge… w ptsd.. those symptoms don’t go away when come home..

nobody is really unscathed.. unless have no compassion for human life.. everybody else carries something with them… john bradley

14 min – he thought of himself as a murderer.. us army trained my son to kill.. they forgot to untrain him..

or not send him in first place

iraq 2003 – freeing myself from desert once and for all.. i am not a good person.. i have taken lives..

16 min – george patton: In August 1943, General Patton slapped a young soldier who was hospitalized with nervous exhaustion. He was reported to have said: I won’t have the hospitals cluttered up with these sons of bitches who haven’t got the guts to fight. Send that yellow son of a bitch back to the front line.


17 min – in ww2 they called it combat fatigue

18 min – 50 yrs after ww2.. veterans diagnosed with ptsd.. these telling stories for first time

19 min – in old days.. called it battle fatigue and it was a no-no… lack of intestinal fortitude they would put in your record.. that was the worst.. i found out.. everybody has a breaking point.. i thought i was the only one.. something wrong with my head.. i didn’t think it was a good thing to bring up.. even with my wife.. i couldn’t tell anyone

22 min – they had an onslaught.. and didn’t believe it.. so  just gave out drugs

all i could do was inhale.. i could never exhale

24 min – it just goes inside.. you can’t get it out.. it’s like you have a camera in you

28 min – marine corps teaches  you to kill like an animal.. you growl.. and i don’t know how to get rid of it

reminds of 61 in bathroom


and too.. same timing.. Dennis Charney‘s resilience.. hailing mccain…

2013 – prescription for resilience

I was studying PTSD and depression. We were doing a lot with military veterans, and ultimately we said, ‘May- be we can learn from people who have been traumatized but who did not develop PTSD, depression or substance abuse problems.’
thinking about this a lot.. like.. how can that be.. and why mccain..
reading description for wartorn.. perhaps this is why.. not so much resilience.. as low empathy..
So what about the people that don’t get it? Is there anybody that you can honestly say was in a great deal of intense combat situations and comes back completely fine? Those folks are pretty rare. There’s that mythology of the warrior that the only thing you should feel when you shoot an insurgent is recoil. But in fact, nobody is really unscathed unless you really have no compassion for human life. If you have a total disregard maybe the only thing you feel is recoil. Everybody else carries something with them.
fitting too with this share by Jason.. alive people in toxic world.. we label as having dis order..
Artistic mania? Inspiration linked to bipolar disorder risk…


Lady Gaga Opens Up About Her Battle With PTSD

On Monday, singer Lady Gaga revealed that she suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on a Today segment filmed at a homeless shelter for LGBT youth. Gaga began experiencing symptoms of the disorder after she was raped at the age of 19.

pens open letter

“As my doctors have taught me,” she went on. “I cannot express my feelings because my pre-frontal cortex (the part of the brain that controls logical, orderly thought) is overridden by the amygdala (which stores emotional memory) and sends me into a fight or flight response.  My body is in one place and my mind in another. It’s like the panic accelerator in my mind gets stuck and I am paralyzed with fear.”

When she encounters this, she also can experience depression, which she notes is a common part of PTSD. “It’s harder to do my job,” Gaga writes. “It’s harder to do simple things like take a shower. Everything has become harder.”

She closed out her letter noting that while many associate PTSD with “brave men and women that serve countries all over the world,” it can affect anyone, even children. “I pledge not only to help our youth not feel ashamed of their own conditions but also to lend support to those servicemen and women who suffer from PTSD. No one’s invisible pain should go unnoticed.”


Micha Frazer-Carroll (@Micha_Frazer) tweeted at 1:33 AM – 26 Jan 2020 :
been reading up on PTSD recently and it struck me how much research has been done on veterans versus how much has been done on the people living in war zones (

Micha Frazer-Carroll (@Micha_Frazer) tweeted at 1:36 AM – 26 Jan 2020 :
research on veterans is valid and was psychiatry’s ‘way in’ to PTSD for a number of reasons. but when you’re constantly reading about veterans who are traumatised by the awful things they have done at war, you have to wonder what happened to the people on the other end of it (




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