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How does post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affect the body?

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental health condition that gradually affects the body. PTSD elevates your risk for depression, alcohol, drugs, and eating disorders, which can lead to the development of certain medical illnesses. Health problems can include cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, musculoskeletal problems, and chronic pain.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
People suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder often feel hyper vigilant all the time.

Watch as police officer Frank Chiafari and Dr. Oz discuss post-traumatic stress disorder and how it affects the body in this video.


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