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Unformatted text preview: 1. Changes in brain function lead to low levels of cortisol and high levels of catecholamine’s in patients urine in relation to stress 2. In contrast unaffected individuals release have a lower catecholamine to cortisol ratio 3. Low cortisol levels may predispose an individual to PTSD • Risk factors 1. Military service 2. Traumatic experience in childhood 3. Foster care Important questions to ask a patient • How long have you felt like this? • What makes you anxious? • What feelings do you experience when anxious? • Do you ever have flash backs? • What brings the flashbacks on? • How do you cope with your anxiety? • Do you avoid things which make you anxious? • Do you ever notice your heart racing, shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness? • Are you afraid of dying when you’re anxious?...
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2011 for the course ANTHRO 2000 taught by Professor Monicaoyola during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.
- Fall '10