Post Traumatic Stress Disorder And The Movie American Sniper

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the movie American Sniper Cody Salois Introduction to Psychology Wednesday 6pm-10pm Post-traumatic stress disorder and the movie American Sniper Post-traumatic stress disorder abbreviated PTSD is a response to traumatic events in someone’s life. Traumatic events are events that provoke fear, helplessness or horror in response to a threat or extreme stressor (Yehuda, 2002). Soldiers and other military members are at a much higher risk to Post traumatic stress disorder due to combat and other stressful situations they are put into. People effected by Post-traumatic stress disorder will have symptoms including flashbacks, avoidance of things, people or places that remind them of the traumatic event. Also, hyper arousal which includes insomnia, irritability, impaired concentration and higher startle reactions. In this paper I will discuss post-traumatic stress disorder, its signs, symptom and effects on culture as portrayed in the movie, American Sniper. A person who suffers PTSD also exhibits strange behavior like avoidance of certain events, locations or anything that is deemed to bring back memories that trigger semblance of the original traumatic experience (Yehuda, 2002). As the patient tries to avoid such circumstances, they manifest as antisocial behavior. They avoid people, certain places as well as suffer a sense of memory loss. They try to numb their ability to remember the painful traumatic event. A major symptom amongst

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