CDR: Password/PIN Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Password/PIN Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may develop after a person is exposed to one or more major stresses due to traumatic internet denial encounters, customer service insults to their intelligence, cyber terror lockouts or physical hardware abuse malfunctions when attempting to login to an email account, social networking profile, on-line banking service, on-line retail store, stock trading account, music/video/ebook streaming service, blog, HealthCare.gov, or any information, entertainment, news or pornography site.
Password/PIN Traumatic Stress Disorder is classified as an anxiety disorder in the DSM IV. In the typical case, the individual with PTSD initially exhibits symptons similar to amnesia and Alzheimer’s by mentally voiding all thought, memory or recollection of a previously entered password or personal identification number triggering a significant stressor event, which often results in confusion, frustration and rage, leading to socially inappropriate reactions, such as profane and violent outbursts, and causing clinical impairment in significant areas of web functionality.
PTSD causes biochemical changes in the brain and body that differ from other psychiatric disorders such as major depression. Individuals diagnosed with PTSD respond more strongly to a dexamethasone suppression test than individuals diagnosed with clinical depression. In addition, most people with PTSD also show a low secretion of cortisol and high secretion of catecholamines in urine, with a norepinephrine/cortisol ratio consequently higher than comparable non-diagnosed individuals. Translating this reaction to human conditions gives a pathophysiological explanation for PTSD by a maladaptive learning pathway to fear response through a hypersensitive, hyperreactive, and hyperresponsive HPA axis. In layman’s terms, it is always the user’s fault.
Basic counseling practices common to many treatment responses for PTSD include education about the conditions and provisions leading to web surfing safety and identify theft protection, but only intense and mass quantity infusions of alchohol and/or recreational medications have demonstrated any relief for individual sufferers. With many chemical interventions, residual symptoms and side effects (See Hangover) following treatment is the rule rather than the exception.