Is Mary Rowlandson Not Suffer From Stockholm Syndrome?

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Mary Rowlandson did not suffer from Stockholm syndrome. Although true she displayed symptoms that could be interpreted in such a way to convince one she truly suffered from the disease. However the symptoms displayed by Mrs. Rowlandson also can be associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The New England Journal of Medicine States: “The defining characteristic of a traumatic event is its capacity to provoke fear, helplessness, or death. People who are exposed to such events are at increased risk for PTSD as well as for major depression, panic disorder, including generalized anxiety disorder.” While the conditions of Mrs. Rowlandson’s captivity could cause Stockholm syndrome, the symptoms displayed favor a diagnosis of PTSD. The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry gives four conditions as a definition for Stockholm Syndrome: (I). A perceived threat to one’s physical or psychological survival at the hands of an abuser(s); (II). Perceived small kindnesses from the abuser to the victim; (III). Isolation from perspectives other than those of the abuser; and (IV). The inescapability of the situation.” Mrs. Rowlandson experienced a tremendous amount of trauma due to her captors as well as the events she witnessed during her captivity. In "A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson" Mrs. Rowlandson becomes subject to various events leading to symptoms of PTSD. While reading this story one come 's across a sentence causing

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