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Getting to the bottom of PTSD

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doi: 10.1097/01.NME.0000461305.53859.d2
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Getting to the bottom of PTSD

GENERAL PURPOSE: To provide information about PTSD. LEARNING OBJECTIVES: After reading the article and taking this test, you should be able to: 1. Identify the five diagnostic criteria for PTSD. 2. Discuss the management of PTSD.

  1. In the DSM-5, PTSD is listed under which category?
    1. anxiety disorders
    2. depression disorders
    3. trauma and stress-related disorders
  2. Which statement is correct about acute stress disorder?
    1. It may occur at any time following the traumatic event.
    2. It's usually time-limited up to 1 month following the traumatic event.
    3. The symptoms are different than those of PTSD.
  3. The second criterion for the diagnosis of PTSD is the presence of one or more
    1. acute stress symptoms.
    2. intrusion symptoms.
    3. trigger symptoms.
  4. The fourth criterion for the diagnosis of PTSD is an association with trauma and dysfunction in
    1. behavior.
    2. health.
    3. cognition and mood.
  5. The fifth criterion for the diagnosis of PTSD includes marked alterations in which associated with the traumatic event?
    1. arousal
    2. behaviors
    3. cognition
  6. The criteria for the diagnosis of PTSD have to be present for at least
    1. 2 weeks.
    2. 1 month.
    3. 3 months.
  7. Which therapy for PTSD has the goal of reducing the fear associated with the traumatic event?
    1. EMDR
    2. exposure therapy
    3. group therapy
  8. Which therapy can decrease the stress symptoms associated with PTSD?
    1. EMDR
    2. group therapy
    3. meditation and mindfulness exercises
  9. Which therapy for PTSD helps change how the patient reacts to the memories of the traumatic event?
    1. EMDR
    2. exposure therapy
    3. group therapy
  10. EMDR is contraindicated for which patient?
    1. AJ, who has hypertension
    2. HL, who has psychosis
    3. KC, who has diabetes
  11. The goal of cognitive behavioral therapy for treating PTSD is to change the patient's
    1. automatic thoughts.
    2. memory.
    3. deliberate thoughts.
  12. For the patient with PTSD, group therapy can
    1. decrease fear.
    2. decrease stress.
    3. increase motivation and instill hope.
  13. Potential adverse reactions of SSRIs include
    1. depression.
    2. hypotension.
    3. restlessness.
  14. Patients taking a TCA should be taught to
    1. avoid taking aspirin.
    2. drink plenty of fluids.
    3. rise slowly when changing positions.
  15. Which drugs are known to have serious drug-drug interactions due to shared drug metabolizing enzyme pathways?
    1. TCAs
    2. SSRIs
    3. benzodiazepines
  16. Which drugs can be used to treat the nightmares that may occur with PTSD?
    1. beta-blockers
    2. SSRIs
    3. TCAs
  17. Which drug is hypothesized to act as a modulator of emotional response?
    1. beta-blocker
    2. TCA
    3. marijuana
  18. A quick screening tool that uses four questions to assess for PTSD is the
    1. Primary Care PTSD Screen.
    2. PTSD Checklist.
    3. Trauma Screening Questionnaire.
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