Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ( Ptsd )

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, also called PTSD, is when someone witnesses or had a role in a traumatic event that leads to a mental health condition. PTSD, is very common with veterans. Statistics, effects on the brain, and effects on relationships show how much this issue desperately needs attention so help can be given to the soldiers. It is suggested that the number of Iraq and Afghanistan soldiers that have PTSD is much higher estimated. “According to RAND, at least 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan soldiers have PTSD and/or Depression.” (Veterans PTSD Statistics) It is also said that fifty percent of those soldiers do not seek to get treated for PTSD. Nineteen percent of the Iraq and Afghanistan soldiers have traumatic…show more content…
Dr. Viatcheslav Wlassoff posted an article on Brain Blogger about the different areas of the brain affected by PTSD. He goes on to say that stress and certain parts of the brain trigger the flashbacks and other symptoms that come with PTSD. The following parts of the brain, amygdala, hippocampus, and the prefrontal cortex, are the parts of the brain in PTSD affected and the most significant is the hippocampus. (Wlassoff) The hippocampus is the part of the brain that records new memories and stores them in the brain for a later time. When a patient has PTSD, the volume of the hippocampus decreases. As a matter of fact, Wlassoff says a “considerable reduction in the volume of the hippocampus.” (Wlassoff) Wlassoff goes to give an example of what the reduction of volume in the hippocampus effects are on the person. “A war veteran still cannot watch violent movies because they remind him of his trench days; his hippocampus cannot minimize the interference of past memories.” (Wlassoff) In the article, it is explained that PTSD patients and their environment play a great deal on the hippocampus and triggering of stress. The patient cannot, as Wlassoff said, “discriminate between past and present experiences.” (Wlassoff) The amygdala is the section of the brain process the emotion experienced. When a patient has PTSD, instead of the decrease of function, there is an increase in
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