Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

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For a long time physicians have not considered the impact a serious diagnosis of cancer has on the patient.  We know it is a shocking and emotionally harrowing experience, I for one, never considered that it could actually cause post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in over 50 per cent of the women  experiencing breast cancer.   […]

Two recent studies have determined the detrimental impact child abuse has on adult disease susceptibility and development, particularly those with pain.   The first study sought to determine if “alleged” childhood abuse causes any changes in the  release of daily cortisol, as major stress hormone in women experiencing chronic pain, either fibromyalgia or osteoarthritis.   […]