Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ( Ptsd )

1198 WordsDec 1, 20155 Pages
Post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD) is a mental illness that is triggered by witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event. “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,2015).” PTSD is recognized as a psychobiological mental disorder than can affect survivors not only soldiers, but also survivors of natural disasters, terrorists attacks like 9/11, serious accidents like car crashes, assault or abuse, rape, or losing a loved one(ADAA,2015). PTSD was once considered a psychological disorder of combat veterans who were “shocked” by what they had experienced and witnessed in battle(PTSD United, 2013). PTSD was once called shell shock, or battle fatigue syndrome. PTSD was seen as a disorder that strictly affected soldiers until victims of different circumstances were shown to be displaying the same symptoms. It is normal to feel afraid, but when one suffers from PTSD, this “flight-or-fight” reaction is damaged to the point to where they feel afraid even when they are not in danger(NIMH,2015). Victims with PTSD have symptoms that last for well over a month, and cannot function well in day-to-day life. PTSD can`t be cured, and can last for years or over a lifetime.Over 70% of Americans experience a
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