In Previous Conflicts And Wars, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders

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In previous conflicts and wars, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders was called "soldier 's heart," "shell shock," or "combat fatigue." We have to be grateful that today, doctors recognize the issues described by each of these terms as a distinct medical condition called posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. PTSD can occur after a traumatic event such as combat, assault or a natural disaster. While the after affects of situations can cause stress, it is common after a trauma for those with PTSD to have reactions such as reliving an event as if it was currently happening. The feeling of distance or anger unfortunately do not go away with time, they eventually become worse without intervention. While PTSD can affect people who have…show more content…
The American Psychiatric Association publishes this. This manual contains the various psychiatric disorders, corresponding codes and what each disorder diagnostic criteria, related features, prevalence and differential diagnosis to name a few. There are three primary categories of PTSD symptoms. They are hyper-arousal, re-experience and numbing. The symptom of hyper-arousal includes anger, irritability, sleeplessness, anxiety, and panic. This is the symptom that most people think of when they are exposed to PTSD sufferers. Re-experience is commonly known as flashbacks, but it can also include intrusive but seemingly real memories and nightmares. Numbing is a feeling of detachment and disconnection. The disconnection can be from feelings, loss of interest in life, and interactions with their personal circle or people in general. Withdrawal, depression and estrangement from family and friends are key tell-tell signs in defining characteristics of this symptom. Varying Stressors There are situations that are stressful for anyone, especially for women who are or have served in the Armed Forces. While women have only recently been trained for combat on the level men have, previously they often took part while dealing in stressful and dangerous combat support missions. More women during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom are receiving hostile fire; returning fire, as

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