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What Is the Difference Between Acute and Chronic PTSD?

What Is the Difference Between Acute and Chronic PTSD?

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What is the difference between acute and chronic PTSD?

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[Lt. Col. Philip Holcombe] So the difference between acute and chronic post-traumatic stress disorder is the timeline of the symptoms. So when the symptoms occur for less than four weeks but longer than two days, we diagnose that as acute PTSD. When the symptoms last for longer than four weeks, we call that chronic PTSD. And the reason that the difference is there is that after— usually people—the highest number of recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder often happens within the first year.

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Lt. Col. Philip Holcombe, PhDLt. Col. Philip Holcombe, PhD, Lt. Col. Philip Holcombe is an Army psychologist who serves as the chief of Clinical Recommendations at the Deployment Health Clinical Center at the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.

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other then TBI or better by means of other TBI PTSD cecome chronic. It is for chronic elevated stress hormone, cortisol. Hypercortisolism may cause problems to brain such as hippocampal atrophy and this worse PTSD.If also ACTH is elevated a hypophisys tumor may originate and all these elements must be considered when we care PTSD, that is a sundrome. While acute TBI is due to an only problem and may be cared, chronic TBI is the summa of more problems, cause and effects the one to the other. claudio alpaca

Jun 15th, 2013 9:39am


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