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Characteristics of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

1) What is the anxiety disorder that is caused by some traumatic event?

Sexual abuse and assault victims are considered by some to be the single largest group of sufferers. Onset of symptoms can occur immediately or can be substantially delayed. The course of symptoms is often marked by periods of recurrence and remission. The military's preliminary findings are that rapid treatment at the time of the trauma is more efficient than waiting for symptoms to worsen before treating. Approximately 95% of rape victims experience PTSD within the first two weeks after an attack; 50% still have symptoms three months later, and 25% have them 4-5 years later. Victims of natural disasters can also have long-lasting PTSD.

2) Preparation for the trauma and level of control can make a difference in whether or not the disorder will develop.

(a) Knowing this, what would you recommend for natural disaster victims?

(b) And what would you recommend for person before a natural disaster?

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1. The anxiety disorder that is caused by some traumatic event is posttraumatic stress disorder.

2.(a) Based upon statistical data, what I would recommend for natural disaster victims, is for there to be immediate counseling, as well as psychological therapy for these individuals, even if they do not exhibit signs of an anxiety disorder. It is very important to proactively provide these individuals with as much preventative therapy as possible, in order to help them to maintain their mental stability during this time of very high stress and anxiety. I would recommend that ...

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This solution describes the differing stages of the onset of posttraumatic stress disorder.

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