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Health Watch: Living with PTSD Part 2

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Columbus Psychiatrist Dr. Kaizad Shroff treats many soldiers with the disease.

"I get a good variety of soldiers who are coming back and they're not able to adjust to civilian life, they're constantly thinking about the war, what they saw, friends who've died," said Shroff.

Dr. Shroff says soldiers are returning from the battlefield suffering flashbacks, or reliving the trauma over and over. Spouses may notice the soldiers tend to isolate themselves, shy away from family events, and have trouble sleeping. Anxiety will also be present, but Dr. Shroff says there's a difference between anxiety and PTSD. He says the gold standard for diagnosis is a psychiatric interview to determine which. Once diagnosed, treatment can include medication, therapy and social changes. But Dr. Shroff warns the patient to be patient, because life will get better once you learn how to manage the disease.

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