Melinda Stanley, PhD
Professor and Head, Division of Psychology
The McIngvale Family Chair in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Research
Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavorial Sciences
Mental Health Services Researcher, Houston Center for Quality of Care and Utilization Studies
Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Affiliate Investigator, South Central Mental Illness Research,
Education, and Clinical Center
It is a continuous challenge living with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and I've suffered from it for most of my life. I can look back now and gently laugh at all the people who thought I had the perfect life. I was young, beautiful, and talented, but unbeknownst to them, I was terrorized by an undiagnosed debilitating mental illness.Read
If you suspect that you might suffer from PTSD, answer the questions below, print out the results and share them with your health care professional.
Are you troubled by the following?
My struggles with emotional and mental problems began at age 12, when I experienced my first nervous breakdown. At age 20 I was diagnosed with major depression. By the time I was 30 that diagnosis had changed to chronic major depression with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Later, ADHD and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) were added to my diagnoses. At age 40, and after three suicide attempts within two years, my therapist began to suspect that I suffered from bipolar disorder.Read
The main treatments for people with PTSD are psychotherapy (such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT), medications, or both. Everyone is different, so a treatment that works for one person may not work for another.
PTSD is diagnosed after a person experiences symptoms for at least one month following a traumatic event. However symptoms may not appear until several months or even years later. The disorder is characterized by three main types of symptoms: