Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ( Ptsd )

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Sarah Batson

Eastern Florida State College, Melbourne

CLP 2140 03M


In today 's society, it has become prevalent that the amount of individuals suffering from mental illnesses is rapidly increasing. This paper will focus on one of the disorders associated with mental illness – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The introduction will define and describe the disorder, and the following paragraphs will discuss causes, symptoms, target populations, treatments, and theory. PTSD affects people of all ages in all walks of life. It has a debilitating effect on its victims, and studies are still being conducted to further explore its impact.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

The DSM-5 defines Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as the result of “exposure to a traumatic event that causes feelings of extreme fear, horror, or helplessness.” (Ozer, 2004, p.169) Trauma is viewed differently by people, so the question is raised of what events are considered traumatic and to whom? (p. 171) Statistics from an updated U.S. National Comorbidity Survey show that the disorder prevails in 6.8% of adults and one third of those affected suffer from an extreme case. (Bisson, 2007, p.790) There is not one particular event that triggers PTSD. People can be affected by many different situations and anyone can develop the disorder.

Since there are no proven preventative methods, it 's difficult to identify who will develop PTSD. A
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