Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Affects About 7.7 Million Americans

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Post-traumatic stress disorder affects about 7.7 million Americans. Dr. Rothbaum in the article PTSD: A Growing Epidemic, states that of those 7.7 million Americans, about 31 percent of military men and women are affected by post-traumatic stress disorder (2009). Thousands of men and women in the military may have been shot at or they may have witnessed death. This is the reason why members of the military are at high risked for developing post-traumatic stress disorder (Rothbaum, 2009). Like most people affected with PTSD, members of the military develop PTSD from an ordeal involving physical harm or the threat of physical harm. Post-traumatic stress disorder can affect the ones personally experiencing the ordeal and the ones that have witnessed it. A list of events that can leave you feeling stuck or helpless, which in turn can lead to PTSD are war, natural disasters, car or plane crashes, terrorist attacks, sudden death of a loved one, kidnapping, assault, sexual or physical abuse, and childhood neglect (Segal & Smith, 2014). These traumatic occurrences that lead to post-traumatic stress disorder are usually so overwhelming and frightening that they would upset anyone. Most of the people that are exposed to these situations may experience a symptom such as distress. This symptom can arise quickly and gradually or come and go over a period of time. It is very likely that a person that has post-traumatic stress disorder can have bad dreams, feel fearful, and it

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