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Rhonda Ragsdale @profragsdale
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I am so thankful that awareness of PTSD is more widespread than ever. I'm also aggravated by the large numbers of people who think they know what it is and have diagnosed themselves. U may have it - u might not. Please leave a diagnosis up to trained medical health experts.
Not everyone who experiences trauma develops PTSD. Not everyone who experiences post-traumatic stress has PTSD. U may not have a disorder at all. U could have acute stress disorder or bad memories, anxiety, many things. Those are not the same as PTSD.
If u had a bad experience and something reminds u of it, and u remember the bad feelings -- that is not the same as a PTSD trigger. PLEASE use different language to discuss your feelings than telling PTSD survivors u are going thru the same thing.
What is Acute Stress Disorder ? How does it differ from PTSD? National Center for PTSD ow.ly/GPQK30lpMMb
"PTSD diagnosis requires meeting a certain number of symptoms within established clusters. For ASD, symptoms are not classified within clusters; therefore an individual meets diagnosis based upon expression of symptoms in total."
"PTSD includes nonfear based symptoms risky/destructive behavior, overly negative thoughts/assumptions about oneself or the world, exaggerated blame of self/others for causing the trauma, negative affect, decreased interest in activities, feeling isolated), whereas ASD does not."
They do share some common symptoms and causes: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Acute Stress Disorder I ow.ly/XvPK30lpNhU
None of this is an attempt to lesson what trauma survivors go thru, regardless of any diagnosis. This is just an attempt to help us consider our language and assumptions.
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