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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Many of the inmates that we have seen often have one diagnosis that is intertwined with their major problems Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD How do we effectively help these people recognize and deal with the traumatic events in their lives so that they can deal with PTSD and possibly prevent this disorder from manifesting into further psychiatric problems Someone with PTSD may experience unwanted memories when exposed to certain stimuli sometimes these stimuli are real or perceived Many times these people turn to substance abuse to deaden troubling symptoms or develop a concurrent psychiatric problems such as eating disorders OCD or multiple personality disorder A PTSD episode activates the fight or flight response from the sympathetic nervous system When triggered inappropriately in PTSD the fight or flight response can have negative social consequences such as chronic anger violence aggression disassociation and an altered self-perception These feelings many times lead to illegal behavior and incarceration Diagnosis can be difficult because signs and symptoms vary among different people Careful clinical interviews are used to evaluate the clients psychological status Most treatment includes a combination of patient education drug therapy and psychotherapy Studies have shown that letting someone just talk about a catastrophic event in their lives reduces the likelihood of developing PTSD In addition to professional help there are a number of techniques that help prevent problems from escalating the clinician should Provide a calm safe environment Meet the clients basic needs by addressing fatigue hunger loneliness Establish trust by assuming a positive consistent honest and nonjudgmental attitude Communicate clearly and honestly Help your client to realize that hisher symptoms are common reactions to stressors Help your client feel that they are not responsible for their disorder
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