The Case of Daniel Terzi: Trauma with Clinical Care
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In exposure to a traumatic event (such as violence, assault, natural disaster, or critical medical illness) involves a real or threatened injury to oneself or others, an individual can develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Traumatic events such as violence, assault, natural disaster or critical medical illness which involve a real or threatened injury to oneself or others can lead to the development of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This disorder involves psychological and physiological symptoms including intrusive thoughts, nightmares, and flashbacks, as well as hypervigilance, avoidance of reminders of the trauma, and sleep disturbance. Other psychiatric comorbidities are high in individuals with PTSD, and therefore careful attention must be paid to evaluating for comorbid mood, anxiety, and substance use disorders. Depending on an individual’s preference, first-line treatment can involve medication management or psychotherapy that is typically trauma-focused in nature. The combination of these treatment approaches can aptly address both the acute symptoms of PTSD and the more dynamic issues seen in this disorder. With treatment, individuals can experience improvement in their overall functioning.
KeywordsAdjustment disorder Alpha-1 adrenergic receptor blockers Flashbacks Hypervigilance Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Trauma-focused therapy
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