Frequently Asked Questions

1 – Are you a 501(C)(3) charity?

Yes, Operation Compassionate Care is a tax-exempt 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization.

2 – Is Operation Compassioate Care on social media?

Yes, Operation Compassionate Care can be found on the following social media outlets:

  1. Facebook 
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3 – What is No2PTSD?

Becuase our Non Profit name “Operation Compassionate Care” is a lot of letters to type out in a hashtag and for a domain we chose to use the hashtag #No2PTSD for our social community to identify us.  We also wanted to make it easier to find our website for people so we created No2PTSD.org that when typed into your address bar will take you to our website as well.

4 – Do you have a blog?

Operation Compassionate Care’s blog is called “News” it can be found in our above navigation or can be found here – http://no2ptsd.org/news/

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Frequently Asked Questions

As with any type of illness, there is usually a large amount of questions that many people have and want or need answered.  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is no exception.

In an effort to help and answer as many questions as possible, we have developed a large list of frequently asked questions in regards to PTSD. However, if you have a question or questions that you don’t see on this list than please don’t hesitate to reach out to us and one of our staff members will provide you an answer and we will add it to this ever growing list.

1 – What are the causes of post-traumatic stress disorder?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop after a very stressful, frightening or distressing event, or after a prolonged traumatic experience. Types of events that can lead to PTSD include: serious road accidents, violent personal assaults, such as sexual assault, mugging or robbery.

2 – What are the symptoms of post-traumatic stress syndrome?

There are three main types of symptoms:

  • Re-experiencing the traumatic event. …
  • Avoiding reminders of the trauma. …
  • Increased anxiety and emotional arousal. …
  • Mobilization, or fight-or-flight, occurs when you need to defend yourself or escape the danger of a traumatic event.
3 – How does post-traumatic stress disorder affect the brain?

Stress results in acute and chronic changes in neurochemical systems and specific brain regions, which result in longterm changes in brain “circuits,” involved in the stress response. Brain regions that are felt to play an important role in PTSD include hippocampus, amygdala, and medial prefrontal cortex.

4 – What is hyper vigilant?

Hypervigilance is an enhanced state of sensory sensitivity accompanied by an exaggerated intensity of behaviors whose purpose is to detect threats. Hypervigilance is also accompanied by a state of increased anxiety which can cause exhaustion.

5 – What causes hypervigilance?

Causes of Hypervigilance. Severe anxiety and stress can cause brief periods of hypervigilance. … Other anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder can also cause hypervigilance. Some other mental health conditions, particularly paranoid schizophrenia, may cause periods of hypervigilance

6 – What is hyper arousal?

Hyperarousal is a specific cluster of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms that some people with PTSD experience. As the name implies, hyperarousal is the consequence of heightened (hyper) anxiety and altered arousal responses and includes symptoms such as: Having a difficult time falling or staying asleep.

7 – What can cause psychological trauma?

Trauma can be caused by an overwhelmingly negative event that causes a lasting impact on the victim’s mental and emotional stability. While many sources of trauma are physically violent in nature, others are psychological. … Witnessing an act of violence.

8 – What is an acute stress reaction?

Acute stress reaction (also called acute stress disorder, psychological shock, mental shock, or simply shock) is a psychological condition arising in response to a terrifying or traumatic event, or witnessing a traumatic event that induces a strong emotional response within the individual.

9 – How is acute stress disorder different from PTSD?

Acute stress disorder (ASD) is a mental disorder that can occur in the first month following a trauma. The symptoms that define ASD overlap with those for PTSD. One difference, though, is that a PTSD diagnosis cannot be given until symptoms have lasted for one month.

10 – What is emotional shock?

Psychological, or emotional trauma, is damage or injury to the psyche after living through an extremely frightening or distressing event and may result in challenges in functioning or coping normally after the event.

11 – What is complex post-traumatic stress disorder?

Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD; also known as complex trauma) is a psychological disorder similar to post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) which results from repetitive, prolonged trauma involving harm or abandonment by a caregiver or other interpersonal relationships with an uneven power dynamic.

12 – How long does post-traumatic stress disorder last for?

Length of time varies. According to our diagnostic manual, one must have symptoms for at least one month following an event to receive a PTSD diagnosis.

13 – How does post-traumatic stress disorder develop?

PTSD, or Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, is a psychiatric disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of a life-threatening events such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or physical or sexual assault in adult or childhood.

14 – Is post-traumatic stress disorder a mental illness?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental illness. It often involves exposure to trauma from single events that involve death or the threat of death or serious injury. … Something is traumatic when it is very frightening, overwhelming and causes a lot of distress.

15 – Can PTSD just go away?

Symptoms can go on for years or they can go away and then come back if another event brings up memories of the trauma. In fact, anniversaries of the event can cause a flood of emotions and unpleasant memories.