Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder - Study 071: Psychology and...

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Study 071: Psychology and Media Sean Phillips INDV101: Structure of Mind and Behavior Suzanne Delany October 22, 2007
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Posttraumatic Stress disorder is an acute anxiety disorder that is most commonly placed on the heads of war veterans and other distressing event victims. The degree of the PTSD can stem from the actual death of someone, threat to the patients life, serious physical injury or threat to physical and/or psychological integrity to a degree that the usual psychological defenses are incapable of coping. This disorder is characterized by nightmares, flashbacks, social with drawl and an overwhelming sense of fear. One of the psychological defenses that help humans avoid such disorders is the ability to externalize or “pull away” from the event, called disassociation. When we view or experience a terrifying act, the human mind reacts in many different ways, one is the ability to disassociate with the event, to make it seem less real and less significant. This disassociation is what Daniel Koslof is trying to understand. His experiment measured the level
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