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Is it possible for a "medical scare" that required surgery

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Is it possible for a "medical scare" that required surgery and some extremely painful procedures to trigger some type of anxiety or panic disorder? Thank you.

Hello,

Absolutely any frightening event can be the stressor that causes an acute stress response that eventually can evolve into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I have included two links that can provide in depth information supportive of the answer. I hope that this answer has been helpful and i wish you the best!.

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acute_stress_reaction

also: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/index.shtm

Sincerely,

Ralph LMHC

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Thank you. The links will be very helpful.

Hello,

My pleasre to be of assistance and best wishes in obtaining help!

Sincerely,

Ralph LMHC