What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

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Psychologist Mark Cartwright practices at Carewright Clinical Services in Dallas, Texas. As president and CEO of the clinic, Mark Cartwright offers therapy and related services to both children and adults in the greater Dallas area. He often works with patients living with PTSD, and has provided forensic evaluations related to the subject.

Question: What is PTSD?
Answer: PTSD stands for post-traumatic stress disorder. This mental-health concern can develop after someone experiences a very traumatic event, such as combat or sexual assault.

Q: What are the symptoms of PTSD?
A: People who live with PTSD typically experience very negative memories, and may have flashbacks to the event or events that caused the trauma. They may also become anxious, jittery, paranoid, irritable, or reckless. Feelings of numbness or general disinterest are common as well.

Q: What therapies are available to PTSD patients?
A: PTSD treatments generally involve psychotherapy, medication, or a combination of the two. Psychotherapy relies on counseling with a therapist. This can include cognitive behavioral therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, and other methods that have been proven to be effective in the treatment of PTSD.

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