Brain & Stress: PTSD & Adjustment Disorder
This home-study course thoroughly examines stress and its subsequent disorders, including various coping strategies
recommended to combat the negative effects of stress. Two different manifestations of stress-induced pathology of the
human brain, namely adjustment disorder (AD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), are fully explored and
discussed. AD is a non-psychotic disturbance that is stress-related and short-term; while PTSD is a more severe,
long-term disturbance that provokes aggravating symptoms, particularly intense fear, disorganized and agitated behavior,
emotional numbness, anxiety or depression. Individuals with PTSD are often those who have been directly exposed to or
witnessed an extreme traumatic situation that involved death or serious injury.