America´s Hostile Response to the Vietnam War and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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How much did America’s generally hostile response to the Vietnam War contribute to the high number of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder victims? Plan of Investigation In this investigation, the personal side of the soldiers who fought in the Vietnam war will be examined- particularly the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that were most common in veterans, and the different experiences in the war or after returning home that could have caused them. The types of warfare, deaths, and differences from methods used in the Vietnam War will be discussed. Technological advancements and mindsets of the different times of the wars will be taken into account. The definition of PTSD and descriptions of different general causes will be…show more content…
During the war, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder was not something commonly understood. An estimation of “…about 85,000 of the more than 250,000 Vietnam veterans [were] discharged under other-than-honorable conditions have PTSD.” There were lawsuits for veterans treated unfairly from the war due to this. The technological advancements, especially aviation advancements, in the Vietnam War have changed warfare as a whole. Weapons became more complex; tactics became more gruesome, bombing became much more frequent and utilizing larger radiuses. Attack and medical helicopters came into play, environmental killers, and more medical advancements. Evaluation of Sources Wounds of War: the Psychological Aftermath of Combat in Vietnam by Herbert Hendin and Ann Pollinger Haas was published in 1984, roughly a decade after the end of the Vietnam War. Its purpose is to inform the public about the trauma, treatment, complications, and other perspectives that the Vietnam War veterans went through. Herbert Hendin is a psychiatrist and Ann Haas is a sociologist. Describing that both the combat experiences and the post-war treatment was cruel, Hendin and Haas came to the conclusion that overall, it was the post-war treatment to the veterans of Vietnam was the biggest cause of the number of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder victims. A value of the book is that Hendin is a psychologist who has studied suicide and depression
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