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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ( Ptsd )

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For centuries mental illnesses have been seen throughout the human race. In the beginning these unseen illnesses were misunderstood by many including the doctors of the time. As time passed scientists began to learn more about the universe and the science advanced. Within the last couple of decades the human races understanding of science has grown exponentially. With a better understanding of how the human mind works the scientists have discovered a plethora of mental illnesses. One such illness is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental illness that affects a person’s sympathetic nervous system response. A more common name for this response is the fight or flight response. In a person not affected by post-traumatic stress disorder this response activates only in times of great stress or life threatening situations. “If the fight or flight is successful, the traumatic stress will usually be released or dissipated allowing the victim to return to a normal level of functioning” (Rothschild, 1998). In a person affected by post-traumatic stress disorder this reaction is changed. “People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they’re no longer in danger” (National Institutes of Health, 2015). One may develop post-traumatic stress disorder at any time in their life for many different reasons. PTSD is a disease commonly associated with war veterans. This is due to the experiences of war being so traumatic that it
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