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PTSD Sexual Assault

This training title PTSD sexual assault highlights the major symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder may include: recurrent recollections of the event, distressing dreams of the event,acting or feeling as if the traumatic event were recurring, intense distress when exposed to internal or external cues that symbolize or resemble an aspect of the traumatic event, persistent avoidance of stimuli associated with the trauma including thoughts, feelings, conversations, activities, and recollection, diminished interest or participation in activities, feeling of detachment from others,  restricted affect, difficulty falling or staying asleep, outbursts of anger, difficulty concentrating, and exaggerated startle response.

The patient in this episode demonstrates many of the classical symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Sleep Disturbance:

Kristina reports that she does not sleep very well and that she suffers from reoccurring nightmares about the man who raped her. She reports that she dreams about every detail of what happened to her.  She reports that she wakes up, screams and even during the day, has reoccurring flashbacks of the man’s breath and hands on her skin, causing her to feel that she cannot breathe.

Exaggerated startle response:

Even though the perpetrator is in prison, Kristina reports that she fears that a rape event could happen to her again at any time. We can observe that her voice quivers, indicating that she is easily startled. We can also observe that her demeanor of sitting in the chair and her mannerisms and often lack of gestures reveal that she is tense or “on edge.”

Persistent avoidance of stimuli associated with trauma:

Kristina reports that she suffers from avoidant symptoms, that she is afraid to leave her house and that she feels uncomfortable in enclosed spaces.  She reports that she feels threatened in unfamiliar places with unfamiliar people. She reports that she is so afraid to walk out of her front door that she must have her family or boyfriend accompany her for her to be able to get into her car. She reports that she cries often and cannot socially function.

Feeling of detachment with others:

Kristina reports that she cannot have sex with her boyfriend since it reminds her of the man who raped her.

Restricted Affect:

We can observe Kristina’s restricted affect and she reports  that the only time that she feels safe is when her family members or someone she knows is around her. She reports that the television is comforting because it provides comfort since it seems that she is not alone.

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