Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ( Ptsd )

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder dates back to the war days. Although having this disorder was never documented it was seen in many soldiers during and after the war. The disorder didn’t have an official title. It was known as “shell shock”, “exhaustion” and “battle fatigue.” The disorder affected many soldiers during wars, not only physically but also their reputation. Many soldiers would have emotional breakdowns due to the disorder and some would flee the front lines. These actions would be the reason for the labels such as cowards, or too weak to handle the front lines. Among the first to identify and group behaviors of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder were the Swiss military in 1678. Military physicians in the American Civil War were unable to treat soldiers with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms so many of them were discharged with the reason being cowardice and lack of discipline. The disorder wasn’t identified and accepted until 1905 by the Russian army who made the first connection of mental illness with the stress war has on a person. In WWI Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms were continuously viewed as weakness and those who had the symptoms were cowards. Due to the ignorance of the mental illness some of these soldiers were executed for their actions. The Vietnam War had the largest number of veterans affected. For decades the disorder wasn’t acknowledge for the effects it has on an individual. After studying and

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