Why are people vulnerable to post-traumatic stress disorder?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
We’re all vulnerable to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) because our brains are hardwired to deal with only so much stress. Think about how your body reacts to a scary scene in a movie, or how you physically react if a speeding car suddenly appears while you’re crossing the street. Whether a threat is perceived or real, your heart starts to race, your breathing speeds up, you start to sweat – all signs that the brain’s flight-or-fight response has been triggered. When trauma occurs beyond the realm of our coping ability, the body’s intricate response system gets stuck in overdrive, putting you at risk for PTSD.

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