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    Old 05-26-2009, 09:34 PM   #1
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    PTSD as Normal Reaction to Abnormal Event

    While coming to terms with my PTSD, I've heard the disorder described as a normal reaction to an abnormal event. My question is: how can it be called a normal reaction when most people who experience a trauma do not develop PTSD? Wouldn't "normal" imply something happening to the majority of people faced with traumatic situations?

    Does the statement mean that anyone could potentially develop PTSD if the right circumstances were presented?

    Thank you in advance for any replies.

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    Old 05-26-2009, 10:04 PM   #2
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    Re: PTSD as Normal Reaction to Abnormal Event

    Hello Ligotti:

    I believe the statement was intended to mean that it is not out of the norm for a person to develop PTSD symptoms when introduced to an abnormally stressful event or series of events.

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    Old 05-29-2009, 08:22 AM   #3
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    Re: PTSD as Normal Reaction to Abnormal Event

    Yes, anyone under specific circumstances can develop PTSD. Everyone's threshold for traumatic issues is different. So while one person can handle a specific situation (like having a gun held on them) and be fine, someone else (in the same situation) could be traumatised enough to develop PTSD. It all depends on the person.

    I think by saying its a normal reaction means that anyone has the potential to develop it given the correct circumstances. Not to mention there are varying degrees of trauma, so someone could potentially have symptoms of PTSD (like flashbacks) but they are so mild that they dont realize thats what it is. To them, its just a memory that wont go away, they dont see it as reliving the event.

    Hope that helps.

     
    Old 05-31-2009, 04:11 PM   #4
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    Re: PTSD as Normal Reaction to Abnormal Event

    I agree a normal reaction to an abnormal event that involves fear of loss of life (I think)and if it persists and does not diminish or resolve itself into just a memory - a day in the life of .... then it is PTSD and needs treatment to go away - hopefully forever

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    Old 06-14-2009, 02:15 PM   #5
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    Re: PTSD as Normal Reaction to Abnormal Event

    Personally, I think most people who have experienced trauma experience some level of PTSD (or will). Perhaps not enough to justify a formal diagnosis, but...

     
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