Effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Term Paper by Nicky

Effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
A brief discussion on the behavioral, emotional, neurobiological and cognitive effects of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
# 148925 | 813 words | 1 source | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 15, 2011 in Psychology (Disorders)

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The paper discusses the causes and definition of PTSD and examines its behavioral and emotional effects as well as its neurobiological and cognitive effects. The paper highlights how there are neurobiological changes in the brains of individuals who suffer from PTSD. The paper concludes that a better understanding of these neurobiological changes will likely lead to a greater emphasis on drug therapies and cognitive therapies that treat the disorder as an enduring biological reality.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Behavioral and Emotional Effects
Neurobiological and Cognitive Effects

From the Paper:

"Behavioral and emotional effects of PTSD are often reflected in observation and self-reporting and are most demonstrative of any anxiety disorder, where the individual finds that thoughts and emotions drive behaviors that are not entirely in their personal control. The individual may be triggered to remember an aspect of the event, relive it in a position that would normally be considered safe and then behave as if he or she was again living some aspect of the traumatic experience in the present. (Vasterling & Brewin, 2005, p. 3)
"PTSD sufferers may experience the emotions and behaviors of the traumatic event long after the event has stopped endangering them and at inopportune moments, such as physical responses to dreams, creating sleep deprivation and possible challenges to ones' loved ones, when viewing reenactments of traumatic events, simply as a result of talking about events with others or while experiencing or seeing things that might vaguely remind them of all or part of their past trauma. In young children the anxiety reaction may be associated with extreme agitated and or disorganized behavior, while in adults the individual may actually experience "black out" symptoms and act upon his or her internal anxiety cues. As with many disorders there is a formal set of diagnostic criteria for PTSD and symptom length of endurance and severity are weighed in as crucial to the diagnosis. (Vasterling & Brewin, 2005, p. 4)"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Vasterling, J. J. & Brewin, C. R. (Eds.). (2005). Neuropsychology of PTSD: Biological, Cognitive, and Clinical Perspectives. New York: Guilford Press.

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