A Brief about PTSD symptom


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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. Most people have some symptoms right after the traumatic event, but they usually go away on their own within a few weeks. For others, the symptoms may last much longer.

PTSD cannot be diagnosed immediately after a traumatic experience. Most people begin having symptoms within 3 months of the incident, but symptoms sometimes don’t appear until years later.

The symptoms of PTSD usually begin soon after the traumatic event, but they may not occur until months or years later. They must last more than a month to be considered post-traumatic stress disorder. The symptoms are serious enough to interfere with daily life or cause long-term distress.

PTSD symptom due to excessive use of fats

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Unintentional weight loss (UWL) has been linked to anxiety. Anxiety may be the cause of UWL in some cases, but it is also associated with unintentional weight loss due to specific eating behaviors that can lead to malnutrition and lean body mass depletion. Intentional weight loss, on the other hand, is not typically associated with anxiety.

Anxiety and related disorders

Anxiety and related disorders share some common features with iron deficiency, including poor appetite, increased gastrointestinal motility, nausea, vomiting, blood loss from the stomach or intestines (such as may occur in peptic ulcer disease), and occult bleeding (blood loss not apparent to the naked eye). A 2009 study by Bongers-Schokking et al. found that the most common cause of iron deficiency anemia is chronic bleeding, usually from the stomach or intestines (gastrointestinal hemorrhage), and that major risk factors for this condition include a history of peptic ulcer disease, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug use, recent acute gastrointestinal bleeding, vitamin C deficiency, and anxiety.

iron-deficiency anemia

On the other hand, iron deficiency anemia does not typically cause unintentional weight loss, which is typically associated with physical rather than psychological impairment. However, some people may use unhealthy eating behaviors to cope with anxiety-related feelings of stress or social pressure, such as the desire to avoid fat intake. These behaviors can lead to unintentional weight loss due to malnutrition and lean body mass depletion.

Symptoms of PTSD

-Re-experiencing the trauma in some way such as through flashbacks or nightmares. These may occur during daytime hours and cause panic attacks, a feeling of depression or hopelessness, emotional numbing, and avoidance behavior.

-Symptoms involving heightened arousal such as irritability, jumpiness, hypervigilance, exaggerated startle response and being easily agitated or angered.

-People with PTSD may experience a loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities to the extent that they become socially isolated because of shame about their mental illness.

-Concentration problems, persistent memory difficulties including “being on guard” to repel recollections of the event, and general difficulty in managing stressful situations.

-PTSD symptoms may range from mild to severe and sufferers often experience varying degrees of anxiety and depression. Some PTSD sufferers attempt suicide as a way out of their mental torment.

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