Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ( Ptsd )

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According to PTSD United, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder used to be considered a psychological condition of combat veterans who were “shocked” by and unable to face their experiences from battle. Soldiers with symptoms of PTSD often faced rejection by their military peers and were feared by society in general. Those who showed signs of PTSD were often removed from combat zones and even discharged from military services, being left labeled as weak (“Post Traumatic Stress”). These implications have been debunked by modern day medical professionals who have given a new definition to the illness to help diagnose those who have it. “PTSD is recognized as a psychological mental disorder that can affect survivors not only of combat experience, but also terrorist attacks, natural disasters, serious accidents, assault or abuse, or even sudden and major emotional losses” (“Post Traumatic Stress”). Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was once thought to be mental illness only soldiers suffered from, but studies show that children and other adults in America can suffer from it as well.
PTSD may seem like an uncommon illness, but it’s far from that. Approximately 223.4 million American adults have experienced some sort of traumatic event at least once in their lives, and 44.7 million of those people have at one point or currently struggle with PTSD (“PTSD Statistics”). Writer for the National Institute of Health, Betsy Humphreys, also reports PTSD currently affects 7.7 million adults in…

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