|Common PTSD Triggering Events|
|Accidents resulting in loss of life|
|Accidents resulting in loss of limb|
|Exposure to physical violence|
|Exposure to terrorism|
|Exposure to natural disasters|
It can be defined as a reaction to and re-experiencing of a traumatic event that involved intense fear, helplessness, or horror. The person has persistent symptoms of avoidance, numbing, and hyperarousal.
Anyone can be susceptible to PTSD following a traumatic event. It is common for people to show signs of stress-related reactions following traumatic events. However, not everyone develops PTSD.Veterans and military members are particularly at risk for PTSD.
Identifying immediately if a patient is a veteran is an important first step in establishing risk for PTSD. The DSM-V revised criteria for defining PTSD can be helpful for providers attempting to recognize veterans suffering from PTSD.Click for more about the basics of PTSD
What is PTSD?
Pamela Herbig Wall, NC/USN, MSN, PMHNP-BC