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Richard Austin, Ph.D

Specialties

Forensic Psychology

Clinical Psychology

About Dr. Austin


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

What is PTSD?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is a psychological disorder that occurs after a person experiences or witness’ a life-threatening or disturbing event. Those who suffer from PTSD often repeatedly experience the event through cognitive flashbacks and nightmares, as well as suffer from sleep disorders and feelings of detachment. Symptoms of PTSD range in severity and endurance to significantly impair the person’s life.

PTSD is associated with a failure to function in social settings or family life, resulting in occupational instability, relational problem, divorce, family dysfunction, and difficulty parenting.