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When you have
post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), you may have
physical symptoms that have no obvious cause.
PTSD also may raise your risk of having other medical conditions.1
Having other conditions like
anxiety with PTSD also may result in having more
problems and mental illness can occur together in a number of ways:
When you have a physical illness and a mental illness, it
can be much harder to cope. Being sick can impact every area of your life. It
can change how you think and feel about yourself and your relationships. It may
affect your ability to work and enjoy life.
It's possible that
your mental illness and health problems aren't related. If you have PTSD and
also get sick, this doesn't always mean PTSD is the cause of your
Getting the right treatments for PTSD and other health
conditions is the best thing you can do. Talk with your doctor and your family
about how you can cope with your health problems.
information, see the topic
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Jankowski K (2010). PTSD and physical health. A National Center for PTSD Fact Sheet. Available online: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/pages/ptsd-physical-health.asp.
January 13, 2011
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Jessica Hamblen, PhD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
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