Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ( Ptsd )

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Ovsanna Balian (ID: 60294385) Dr. Yim – Human Stress 2 December 2014 PTSD in War Veterans Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition that is fairly common with individuals that have experienced trauma, especially war veterans. One in five war veterans that have done service in the Iraq or Afghanistan war are diagnosed with PTSD. My group decided to focus on PTSD in war veterans because it is still a controversial part of stressful circumstances that needs further discussion. The lifetime prevalence of PTSD amongst war veterans, which is 13.8%, has a higher percentage of the prevalence of PTSD in adult Americans, which is 7.8% (Tanielian & Jaycox, 2008). Veterans who return from combat are characterized as passively aggressive, physically abusive, and mostly unemployed or divorced (Prigerson, Maciejewskie, & Rosenheck, 2001). In addition to the general information regarding veterans and PTSD, there were also stressful situations that they encounter daily. The first stressor that a war veteran encounters is adjusting to their normal lives after duty. There was a study done by Kulka and his colleagues (1990) on Vietnam War veterans concerning their experiences of adjustment after the war. This project was done as a response to a mandate made by the government to have researchers explore the prevalence of PTSD on War Veterans. This study found that a small amount of veterans sought psychological treatment, and the main problems that were prevalent when adjusting
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