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There are many symptoms that define PTSD, including persistent recollections or re-experiences of the original event (ie. nightmares and flashbacks), numbing and avoidance, and increased agitation. The experience of these symptoms leads to a disruption in daily functioning.
While the underlying causes of PTSD are unknown, experts believe that PTSD results from a complicated set of factors. PTSD causes a change in the body’s natural response to stress and affects the stress hormones and chemicals that carry information throughout the nervous system.
A wide array of medications are commonly prescribed for the treatment of PTSD and it is usual for patients to be on a treatment regime involving numerous pharmaceuticals. However, recent studies conducted by the American Medical Association and the National Academies have found that the vast majority of currently prescribed medications provide little to no benefit for patients.