Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a widespread disorder that affects certain individuals psychologically, behaviorally, and emotionally following the experience of a traumatic event (Lee et al., 2005, p. 135). However, because of inconsistencies regarding the percentage of individuals who experience PTSD and the percentage of individuals who subsequently develop PTSD, researchers hypothesize that both biological and environmental factors contribute to the development of PTSD (Wolf et al. 2010, p. 328). In order gain a better understanding of this disorder and to discover contributing and predicative factors which contribute to the development of PTSD, this paper analyses the historical context and prevalence of PTSD, the
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety, or depression, amongst many other disabilities deserve to be acknowledged because of the medical advancements in the past several years which support the effectiveness of service animals. These disabilities affect the everyday lives of thousands of people throughout the United States, which is why I believe that service animals can be a beneficial component that may boost a person’s endurance. In the article, Service Dog Training Program for Treatment of PTSD in Service Members, a study written with the United States Army, results concluded that service animals were deemed effective in their practices. The article reports that veterans and service members had an “increase in patience, impulse control, [and] emotional regulation” (Yount, et al.). As a helpful practice for disabled persons, it is a civil injustice to discriminate against a person with a service dog. To neglect a disabled person’s accessibility to basic public services in modern society is a violation of human rights. I think that the lack of accommodations for service animals and their handlers is an overlooked issue in society, which is why I believe that my research is a relevant issue in modern
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, also known as PTSD, was recognized as a disorder with specific symptoms and was added to the Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in 1980. Before this acknowledgement, father of psychology, Sigmund Freud, had a developed theory on it. Freud’s Seduction Theory states: “both forgotten childhood trauma and a variety of adult stresses could cause neurosis” (Davis 1). Although not declared an official disorder until the 20th century, characters in literature have displayed the symptoms of PTSD and committed horrific acts as a result of the stresses they underwent earlier in their lives; a modern psychologist is calling this The Medea Complex.
Today, 42.5 million Americans suffer from a mental illness. There are many different types of mental illnesses that affect over half of the population. Some are more severe than others, but still equally important. Two of the common disorders you hear about today are Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
War and combat experiences have a way of changing lives in dramatic ways. Deployments can range in length but experiences during those times can forever change a soldier. For veterans, the consequences of combat can be long lasting. According to a study done by the RAND corporation, “post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and major depression, are specific disorders that have been shown to be extremely prevalent among soldiers returning from combat” (“RAND Assesses Post-Deployment Health-Related Needs Of Iraq Veterans.”). Effective treatments for PTSD exist however, no one method or therapeutic technique is appropriate for every client. For this reason new approaches for treatment are being tested. Positive results are being seen with the new treatment of PTSD called canine assisted therapy. Every veteran should get the opportunity to find a treatment that works best for his/her condition. That is why we need a bill that will help this problem. Therefore, a bill to establish canine therapy programs for veterans in the medical centers of the Department of Veterans Affairs
military and government, brings forward in her article, that in “the 2010 Defense Authorization Act required VA to study the effectiveness of service dogs for PTSD” (Kime n.p.). Kime stated in her article that the “VA has said there isn’t enough scientific evidence regarding their effectiveness for that purpose to warrant benefits coverage” (n.p.). “And when it comes to PTSD, VA officials say they must use proven treatments” (n.p.). “VA’s original study on the effectiveness of service dogs for PTSD”, in 2010 “was suspended in 2012 because it amid concerns over the animals care at the facilities, as well as the dogs’ training” (Kime n.p.). Rick Nauert who has his Ph.D., had an M.D. say “One size does not fit all,” said Ira Katz, M.D. “senior consultant for mental health services in the office of patient service in the Department of Veterans Affairs” (n.p.). “Across the board, more research is needed on evidence-based treatment to provide a broad range of options”
In an article published by Time magazine, they stated “40,000 troops have been physically wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq, but 10 times as many exhibit symptoms of PTSD.” This means four-hundred thousand troops are still suffering from these symptoms. In the Time article, it talks about how scientists learned that dogs can lower these symptoms in veterans. These scientist have proven this by using many individuals cases and comparing the intensity of their symptoms without therapy dogs to the patients with therapy dogs. Although many people believe dogs cannot lower symptoms of disorders, scientists like those interviewed for the Time article are proving them wrong. Therapy dogs positively affect war veterans by lowering their Post Traumatic
This article summarizes how post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) effects soldiers returning from combat zones and how service dogs help relieve PTSD symptoms. After the success of an award-winning program created for at risk teens, Rick Yount, a social worker and certified service dog trainer, created the first Warrior dog-training program. The Warrior dog-training program was designed to be a safe and effective
When looking at the direction the Criminal Justice System should take in reference to the future, one needs to look into the past. This is a concept that most governmental bodies fail to due adequately. The saying “history repeats itself” is a proven fact which is ignored over and over. The military is a clear example of this as it relates to our veterans. The most ignored aspect of the military is the re-introduction of the returning veteran into the community. This aspect has now become a growing issue in the criminal justice system and will continue to grow as we fight the war on terror around the world.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, this disorder develops after a person at any age has suffered a traumatic incident. Incidences can be caused by any type of event, triggering PTSD by personally experiencing a trauma (near death experience), being a witness to a trauma (vehicle accident) and those having to deal with the aftermath of a trauma (EMT, Police). These are just a few examples. PTSD can be rated in 3 Phases, 1) Acute Phase: if symptoms last less than 3 months. 2) Chronic Phase: if symptoms last more than 3 months. 3) Delayed-Onset: if the symptoms last 6 months after the trauma. An episodic attack (flashback) can last a couple of seconds, to as long as 30 minutes. This is caused when a person feels threatened while feeling helpless in a place of unknown environment.
Chapter 10 examines various forms of abuse. Kanal (2011) sets forth that stress as it relates to abuse can cause Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. The author describes PSTD as a psychological disorder that is brought on by an event that occurs in a person’s life. PSTD is usually associated with military people returning from the combat but that is only one of many demographics that can be effected by the disorder; this chapter underscores in addition to PSTD abuse can manifest itself in a number of different ways. The author begins the discussion with child abuse. From a crisis professional’s perspective, dealing with children is complicated because depending on the age of the child, communication can be difficult. In addition, the child may
Fear closing in, darkness rippling around you, pooling dark waves of anger, torment, pain, memories flash, memories so close you can taste, feel them. Lost so very, very lost. The shuddering seizes you in its cold iron grip, you can’t scream, run; all you feel is the pain. This is just a small glimpse of what it is like to suffer from a crippling mental disorder such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.Just a small glimpse of what it feels like to relive your worst memories over, and over, and over again, a never ending tunnel of fear and loneliness.Now in the content of this research paper we will delve into the tunnel of pain and dissect a disorder that has traumatized so many, and attempt to defeat your worst fear, your own memories.
Posttraumatic stress order, also known as PTSD or Posttraumatic syndrome, is a mental disease that affects individuals who have been exposed to different types of trauma. At least 8 million Americans will experience PTSD in their lives, and unfortunately more women will be exposed to the disease than men. Throughout this paper, although technically it is not a “disease” per se, I will sometimes refer to it as such because if PTSD is not treated properly, it can have the power to take over the body and more importantly, the mind. Unfortunate as it may be, there are more times than none where PTSD can result in suicide. According to U.S. department of veteran affairs, it has been an ongoing debate as to whether or not individuals with PTSD have
This article appeared in a scientifically reviewed, Psychology Central News, in 2010, making this a relatively credible source. Also this article is a fairly recent one, from 2010 and it relates to what the topic is about. Rick Nauert has a Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin in information science focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy and also has over 30 years of experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. I included this article because it addresses how much psychiatric service dogs help military veterans with their PTSD symptoms and help cut down on their medications. In fact, “according to the Army Surgeon General’s special assistant for mental health,