John Krystal, MD, Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, was recently interviewed on the Therapy Show podcast to discuss the neurobiology of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Neurobiology of PTSD refers to changes in their brain and body that develop, as a protective response, after a frightening or dangerous event. Other symptoms include intrusive or negative thoughts, avoidance behaviors, becoming easily startled or irritable, feeling like one’s surroundings or oneself is unreal, and problems with sleep. Most people who experience a trauma naturally recover. Those who experience prolonged psychological and physiological symptoms may require treatment.
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