Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
1. Identify the symptoms of and factors that contribute to acute and chronic PTSD using the DSM-5 guidelines and including the populations in which the disorder is most common.
2. Determine when a co-morbidity, such as anxiety, depression or alcohol abuse, may be masking symptoms of PTSD in patients who have recently lived through traumatic events.
3. Assist patients in connecting with mental health resources, including medication and different types of therapy, to manage and understand symptoms and aid in recovery from PTSD.
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Paul D Simmons, MD, FAAFP, Faculty Physician, St. Mary’s Family Medicine Residency Program, Grand Junction, Colorado
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