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Could I have post traumatic stress syndrome with the TBI?

Any traumatic or life-threatening event can lead to post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a poorly understood disorder that is being increasingly diagnosed in veterans. If a blast or explosion during combat resulted in traumatic brain injury, that incident may lead to PTSD. Symptoms of PTSD include reliving the trauma or experience, feeling detached, and having constant anxiety or hyperarousal and sleep problems. Many people with PTSD suffer with depression, relationship problems, and drug or alcohol abuse.

There is no laboratory test for PTSD, so talking with your doctor about your feelings is extremely important in getting an accurate diagnosis and treatment. Veterans with PTSD have been helped with a combination of medications, cognitive processing therapy, and memory aids. Other interventions such as occupational therapy may be useful as well as counseling for substance abuse, if needed.

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