Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ( Ptsd )

2731 WordsMar 28, 201511 Pages
As far back as time goes or at least written record men have gone to war. With a war comes physiological and psychological scars. Physical wounds may heal quickly and be forgotten, but psychological wounds may last a lifetime. In the past society did not understand the effects of war and mental illness nor how to treat it. In this paper, I will discuss the history of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), explain the diagnostic description, and describe etiology and treatment for PTSD. History of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and War Although not recognized as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), symptoms of this disorder have been noted throughout the centuries. Not only has it been known by several names, but has also repeatedly been misunderstood. Early reports of PTSD date as far back as the Greek historian, Herodotus, who writes about the battle of Marathon. In 490 B.C. Reportedly, soldiers who fought in this battle, became listless, taciturn, and ceased to pay attention to the world around them. Shakespeare also describes PTSD in Henry IV Part Two. He writes of Harry experiencing iron wars, nightmares, and melancholy. Swiss physicians refer to the symptoms of PTSD as nostalgia while the French and Germans call it "homesickness." In the United States, Doctor Jacob Mendez DaCosta studied the civil war veterans. He noted that many had heart conditions and anxiety. He called this Soldiers Heart, but it is also known as "DaCosta Syndrome." Many of the symptoms
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