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PTSD: Test, Treatment & Coping with Flashbacks

PTSD Test, Treatment & Coping with Flashbacks What is PTSD Post traumatic stress disorder  (also known as PTSD ) is, as the name suggests, a type of anxiety disorder brought on by a particular traumatic event. The most widely known example of this is soldiers returning from war after witnessing or being involved in some horrific situation, but there are many causes such as physical trauma, sexual abuse, mental abuse, death of a friend or family member, rape etc. Following exposure to a tragic event an individual could be at risk of developing emotional distress and anxiety which if left unchecked can bring about the dreaded post traumatic stress disorder. PTSD is classified as an intense anxiety disorder triggered by traumatic experiences and its symptoms are believed to last longer than four weeks. Although trauma stressors are the underlying cause, post traumatic stress disorder can develop immediately after exposure or in some cases, long after the traumatic experience

Complex PTSD (C-PTSD): Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Complex PTSD Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder ( C-PTSD ) is fundamentally the same as regular Post-traumatic Stress Disorder but with additional complications - PTSD symptoms such as avoidance, reliving, and arousal are all present, as are those of anxiety , however additional symptoms are also present that occur as a result of the nature of the trauma. Complex post traumatic stress disorder occurs when a person is exposed to some severe trauma for a long period of time, and they are unable to escape from it. Some of the first cases of this came to light in the Vietnam War, after soldiers were fighting, or held in captivity for a long periods of time or were held in a traumatic environment with no means of escape. Another example of complex post traumatic stress disorder is of children suffering domestic or physical abuse for a long period of time and again having no means to escape. The symptoms specific to complex PTSD are the loss of a sense of self, the loss of a sense

Hypochondria (Health Anxiety): Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

Hypochondria (or Health Anxiety, or Illness Anxiety Disorder, or Hypochondriasis) Do you have a fear of diseases? Have you ever thought a simple headache to be brain tumor, or a slight stomach ache as an intestinal blockage? Have people ever called you crazy because of your obsession with health and hygiene? Are you gripped by a constant fear of being terminally ill? Have you ever self-diagnosed yourself by checking the symptoms online? Are you aware of symptoms of various diseases because you constantly look them up online? Do you keep getting tests done, (often by different doctors)? Is no re-assurance enough to prove that you are not sick. You know that, but are never satisfied. Is that you? If the answer to most of these questions is yes, you probably are a hypochondriac. What is Hypochondria: The Symptoms Hypochondria (Health Anxiety) describes intense and constant worry about your health. And this worry causes much distress and harms one’s ability to

Glossophobia: How to Overcome Fear of Public Speaking

Glossophobia: Fear of public speaking Glossophobia (or speech anxiety) is the fear of public speaking or of speaking in general. glossophobia · (glossos - + phobia) n. The fear of being ridiculed by other people for one's speech, attitude or manners; the fear of saying the wrong thing and being made fun of. Glossophobia is one type of mental health disorder called  social phobia . Social phobic symptoms are very specific and therefore the same as a fear of public speaking, but not all of them are experienced by every sufferer. These will all show a persistent and continuing experience of the fear of performing in front of others or making a presentation where the fear of embarrassment may happen. Despite the widespread stereotype that it is due to public speaking, in fact the term glossophobia may be used to refer to any anxiety that makes a person uncomfortable when participating in a public event or other social situation. Glossophobia is difficult to understand be

Anxiety in Children

Both children and adults experience anxiety symptoms in some ways. But in some instances in the case of children, the level of anxiety seems to be too bothersome, enough to alter their normal daily life. Children experiencing anxiety symptoms may have feel a sense of nervousness, intense fears and worries that could almost unbearable to control. Childhood Anxiety is a Serious Behavioral Concern  Anxiety in children is something that every parent should take seriously. Because children can be hyper active at times, they can get into activities that can easily tire them, one cause of anxiety in children. The first thing that a parent should understand is what anxiety is. It is a feeling of worry, nervousness or agitation, often about something that is going to happen. A child may experience this behavioral abnormality when there is a major stressful event that happened to him, which will require a change in his present situation. The change can either be positive or negativ

School Anxiety: How to Help a Child with Anxiety about School

School Anxiety Many parents have difficulty sending their children back to school after summer. Some children seem to have all the reasons in the world not to go to their class. And these parents start to sense a pattern of illnesses and misbehavior which may force them to keep their children from going to school. If you have a similar experience, then your child must be having school anxiety . And while this form of anxiety is common among young children and even high school kids, parents need to know how to handle this problem and help their children continue to learn at school and progress in their academics and social life and have more opportunities to develop their talents and skills. Causes of School Anxiety School age children may be subjected to several factors that interfere with their learning process. Anxiety in school may come from several angles and we should understand what these are. This can be categorized into three main sections: environment, academic and soc

How to Manage Anxiety, Panic and Isolation During COVID-19 Lockdown

   Practices To Help Maintain Mental Health During The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Lockdown Since the WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic, many people, even those who have not been infected by the virus, is choosing to quarantine in their homes for the upcoming weeks. Indefinite isolation, panic over scarce resources and information overload may produce debilitating anxiety and feelings of isolation. So, you are not alone in this. Millions of people worldwide are self-isolating themselves and are fighting the virus. Here are some tricks to reduce panic, worry and loneliness if you're self-isolating or in lockdown: 1. Re-frame your thought pattern from “I am stuck inside” to “I can now focus on my home and myself” The mandated work-from-home policy is now an opportunity to refocus your attention from the external to the internal. Doing one productive thing each day will certainly lead to a more positive attitude. You may now complete your long-avoided tasks