The Invisible Injury

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Jessica Coleman
ENG 1301
12 August 2015
The Invisible Injury

P.T.S.D. is not a sign of weakness. It is a sign of absolute strength. P.T.S.D. is earned by doing what others fear to do.
Post traumatic stress disorder is defined as “A psychological reaction occurring after experiencing a highly stressing event (i.e. wartime combat, physical violence, or a natural disaster) that is usually characterized by depression, anxiety, flashbacks, recurrent nightmares and avoidance of reminders of the event.” PTSD has become synonymous with many historical war-time diagnoses such as railway spine, stress syndrome, nostalgia, soldier 's heart, shell shock, battle fatigue, combat stress reaction, or traumatic war neurosis. “The number of Veterans with PTSD varies by service era:
• Operations Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Enduring Freedom (OEF): About 11-20 out of every 100 Veterans (or between 11-20%) who served in OIF or OEF have PTSD in a given year.
• Gulf War (Desert Storm): About 12 out of every 100 Gulf War Veterans (or 12%) have PTSD in a given year.
• Vietnam War: About 15 out of every 100 Vietnam Veterans (or 15%) were currently diagnosed with PTSD at the time of the most recent study in the late 1980s, the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study (NVVRS). It is estimated that about 30 out of every 100 (or 30%) of Vietnam Veterans have had PTSD in their lifetime.” (Taken from The name may be different, but we all still suffer the same way.

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