From the loss of a job or death of a loved one to involvement in military combat or a natural disaster, many people experience stressful events at some point in their lives. While these experiences cause distress for most people, for some individuals, they can also lead to serious psychiatric disorders. It is important for disaster relief workers, mental health practitioners, and the general population to be aware of the ways in which people may respond to stress and to understand the best methods for helping these individuals.

Patterns of Stress-Related Disorders

The most well-known, stress-related psychiatric disorder is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which can follow exposure to traumatic events and involves a set of characteristic symptoms, including persistent re-experiencing of the event via flashbacks and distressing ...

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