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Understanding PTSD

Dr. Barbara Rothbaum, Director of the Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program at Emory University School of Medicine, addresses three fundamental questions: What is PTSD? What are the symptoms of PTSD? and, Can PTSD be treated?


The lingering war

  • Bob
  • Bob, an Iraq War Veteran suffering from PTSD, five years after returning home,continues to be troubled by his combat experiences. Bob talks about his symptoms and the impact they are having on his life and the lives of his family. Bob’s wife, Lori also describes some of Bob’s challenges.


Reclaiming a life

  • Connie
  • Connie, a victim of domestic violence, suffered for years from undiagnosed and untreated PTSD. She discusses the experience and talks about her successful recovery through prolonged exposure therapy at the University of Pennsylvania. That therapy allowed her to reclaim her life.