What is trauma and PTSD?

Hi all! This video answers- what is trauma and ptsd? Focusing specifically on definitions of trauma, PTSD and complex-PTSD, the biology of processing a traumatic event, and cognitive/psychological appraisals you may have that link to your symptoms.
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I’d just like to stay in the video I mention a fight or flight response, this is more like a fight/flight/freeze response. Freezing is fight-or-flight on hold, where you further prepare to protect yourself. It’s also called reactive immobility or attentive immobility. It involves similar physiological changes, but instead, you stay completely still and get ready for the next move. None of these three responses are conscious, all being automatic responses from a stressful event!

0:00 Intro
0:21 Trauma event definitions
1:38 PTSD diagnosis
4:52 PTSD vs C-PTSD
5:48 PTSD risk factors
6:26 Biology of processing a traumatic event
7:35 Cognitive appraisals of trauma
14:46 Some PTSD treatments
15:04 EMDR
17:08 CBT
17:55 Summary


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