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Experts say the traumatic events of the train crash may leave passengers with PTSD.

by: Clinical Trials of Texas, Inc.

PTSD isn’t just for those in the military. Physicians say that PTSD can occur after any traumatic event and that those in yesterday’s Amtrak crash are at risk.

“PTSD can occur at any time in a person’s life and is a disorder that happens after being involved in or witnessing a life-threatening event of any kind,” says Dr. Harry Croft, psychiatrist and Chief of CNS Studies at Clinical Trials of Texas, and one of the nation’s leading experts in PTSD. “Those in yesterday’s crash are at risk and may experience things like nightmares, flashbacks or re-experiencing of the events.”

Experts say that about 7% of Americans will experience PTSD at some point in their lives with women being about twice as likely as men, with PTSD most often associated with things like rape, abuse or physical attack.

“PTSD isn’t just related to military combat,” says Croft. “Although about 20 percent of those in military combat experience PTSD, it can really happen to anyone.”

Symptoms of the condition can arise right after a traumatic event or even months to years later. Some common things people may experience are flashbacks, avoidance and numbing and increased arousal symptoms.

The symptoms of PTSD especially the flashbacks, can be so real that the person may feel like they are actually re-living the events,” says Croft. “This can be a very frightening and overwhelming emotional experience.”

Treatment for PTSD can vary and includes psychotherapy, like cognitive or exposure therapy, as well as medication to help with some of the symptoms.

Clinical studies underway to explore new treatments for the disorder. Clinical Trials of Texas is one of a very few sites in the US currently conducting a new study testing an investigational new medication that may potentially provide a new treatment option for those experiencing signs and symptoms of PTSD.

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