A Brief Note On Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

1677 Words Dec 9th, 2015 7 Pages
Mariela Rangel
Prof. L. Poulton
English 1301 P50
8 December 2015
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health condition caused by experiencing or seeing a terrifying event. It has been known to affect mostly war veterans but has also affected people who are not veterans. Rape victims and people who have suffered severe abuse have also been diagnosed with PTSD. In most cases, veterans have a higher percentage than others.
David J. Morris, a Marines veteran, and the author of The Evil Hours, states that over the past four decades, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder has permeated every corner of our culture. Morris states a species of pain that that went unnamed for most of human history, PTSD is now the fourth most common psychiatric disorder in the United States (Morris 1).
Morris states that Pierre Janet, a French neurologist writing in 1925, observed that emotional reactions to traumatic events can be so intense as to have a disintegrating effect on the entire psychological system (Morris 2). Jerry Lembcke, a Vietnam veteran, says that by January 2008 the country was already awash in news reports on veterans framed by mental health issues (Lembcke 21).
Sarah Hansel, who holds a Ph.D., states that when people experience a traumatic event, a conflict is set up in the mind between the need to acknowledge and bear witness to the event, and the desire to forget or deny the event ever took place (Hansel 2). She states that survivors will try to avoid thinking or talking…

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