Ptsd : Unseen By The Human Eyes

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PTSD: Unseen by the Human Eyes
According to the Mayo Clinic, “Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that 's triggered by a terrifying event.” War is a perfect example of a distressing event. The number of war veterans with PTSD is increasing rapidly. Also, an outstanding number of untreated war veterans who fell under the radar for government programs committing suicide because of this disorder. As Americans, we are responsible for the lives of our veterans. They serve to protect us and our freedom the minimum expected is to reciprocate this with accommodating them when they return home. The harsh reality is, our government funded programs are not up to par.
War is catastrophic; it breaks away at your sanity and your physical health. Most veterans are more than often described as “not the same person they left as” by family and friends. Being in the front lines changes you because of the cruelty and harsh conditions your body and mind face. “Over the past decade, about half a million veterans have received diagnoses of post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury. Thousands have received both,” states the New York Times. PTSD lives and breathes in veterans. Although it is a condition invisible to the naked eye, troops go to combat with it every day. “…At least 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have PTSD and/or Depression…” from the “…2.3 million troops who served in the Afghanistan war...“(Tanielian 321) fifty percent haven’t been…
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