Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

884 Words Jun 18th, 2018 4 Pages
“PTSD was first brought to public attention in relation to war veterans, but it can result from a variety of traumatic incidents, such as mugging, rape, torture, being kidnapped or held captive, child abuse, car accidents, train wrecks, plane crashes, bombings, or natural disasters such as floods or earthquakes.” (NIMH)
Families of veterans struggle to help their loved ones. “Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by a person’s exposure to life-threatening or otherwise traumatic circumstances.” (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder affects about 7.7 million American adults age 18 and older, or about 3.5 percent of people in this age group in a given year, have PTSD.
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Suicide rates among people with PTSD are hard to gauge. Sometimes someone could overdose but it is hard to tell if the death was intentional. Someone might be in a lot of mental pain that they believe they are in physical pain so they take lots of pain killers and die. How would someone know that person wanted to die or just wanted to relax? Recently statistical studies show that rates of veteran suicide are much higher than previously thought. 1 in 5 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are diagnosed with PTSD. And veterans account for 20 percent of U.S. suicides.

Few modern medical professionals would argue that PTSD does not exist. “Columbia University scientist named Bruce Doreen wends concludes from research the percentage of veterans suffering from PTSD at some point in their lives was closer to 18 percent.” “Others say that PTSD was over diagnosed among Vietnam veterans by as much as 300 percent.”
“Bob is an Iraq War Veteran suffering from PTSD, five years after returning home, continues to be troubled by his combat experiences. Bob talks about his symptoms and the impact they are having on his life and the lives of his family. Bob’s wife, Lori also describes some of Bob’s challenges.” His wife says “He has this constant ringing in his ears and there’s a certain pitch that if he hears that pitch it physically hurts. And that kids can get that prefect pitch” she says while attempting to hold back tears “on their screaming or crying and

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