Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ( Ptsd )

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POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER Post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD, is a complicated disorder that begins after a traumatic event ((APA), May 18, 2013). Throughout history, PTSD was also known as railway spine, shell shock, traumatic (war) neurosis, concentration-camp syndrome, and rape-trauma syndrome. This disorder always happens after a personal tragic event. Such events include a natural disaster, murder, war, rape, and vehicular accidents, just to name a few. The important thing to remember is that it is always a personal event with a high rate of mortality (Gillian T Eagle, 2015). If someone witnesses a tragic event but is not directly affected, they could still have Post -Traumatic Stress Disorder if it was personal to them. Most people think that post-traumatic stress disorder is just for military personnel, but after September 11, 2001, PTSD cases rose by 65% in New York City alone (Affairs, 2014). Adults and children were greatly affected by this tragedy, but children under the age of 6 are not diagnosed with this disorder. According to the DSM-V, they are diagnosed under a subtype called Prominent Dissociative Disorder ((APA), May 18, 2013). There are signs and symptoms that someone will show if suffering with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. They will avoid certain areas of stimulus that remind them of the traumatic event. They will try to forget it ever happened. For example, if a soldier suffering from PTSD experienced a
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