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Old 06-21-2012, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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This is off-topic but I'm still going to post.

Suppose that a person was exposed to a threatening, highly stressful situation for an extended period of time. This person literally feared for their life, every day, for about 18 months.

After the perceived threat diminished, this person was unable to mentally accept that they were now safe, as their brain continued to function in that heightened state of awareness. In other words, it's almost like a switch was left on (in their brain) because they were in a volatile environment for such a lengthy duration.

As a result, this person experienced difficulty functioning in their day-to-day life, even though it's been two years since the original 18 month period ended. To that end, this person has been prescribed an antipsychotic medication to help them function, so as to turn off the "fight or flight" response, but there are side effects.

So, what is wrong with this person? Is there such a thing as adrenal burnout? Will this person's brain ever function the way it did prior to experiencing the traumatic situation?
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Old 06-21-2012, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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Seems like that would go under the umbrella of PTSD. Treating it is typically a personalized approach ranging anywhere from therapy, to medication, to transcranial magnetic stimulation. I would think the health forum would be a good resource.
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Old 06-21-2012, 12:16 PM
 
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Find out what medication and youll be able to learn a lot, but is venture PTSD or acute stress disorder.
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Old 06-21-2012, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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Sounds like PTSD, and this should be in the mental health forum.
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Old 06-22-2012, 02:19 AM
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Moved from the DC forum.
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Old 06-22-2012, 09:21 AM
 
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Yes, PTSD. The brain may re-wire itself...but takes a long time...and may never fully be off of "alert" status. My Dad went to Vietnam...and even 40 years later, I would not dare to "surprise" him.
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Old 06-24-2012, 07:32 AM
 
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I'm not a specialist. However, it sounds like Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), or paranoia.

Either way, this person needs help.
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Old 06-25-2012, 01:52 AM
 
Location: In a state of denial
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PTSD. the person will have it a lifetime, maybe not to this level, but it will re-occur when stressed.
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Old 06-27-2012, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Seek a competent councellor.
Read this:
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). NLP and hypnotherapy Gold Coast.
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Old 06-28-2012, 03:09 AM
 
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at $150 a session, it better cure it forever.
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