The Traumatic Stress Disorder ( Ptsd ) Essay

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Introduction As humans, our bodies are only designed to take so much before we reach a point where we become damaged. Psychologically, if we experience more then we can handle the results of it are what’s called Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder. Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, effects a part of the brain that controls stress and nerves, which consists of the Prefrontal Cortex, the Hippocampus, and the Amygdala. Enduring traumatic stress can result in lasting changes to these parts of the brain. Damaging these parts of the brain not only effect the body physically, but can also damage an individual emotionally which effects their personal and social life. The cause for PTSD is witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event. Because everyone sees events differently, specific events cause different levels of trauma. The first case known of an individual suffering from this disorder was after experiencing and living through a Saber Tooth Tiger attack. Not all cases are brought on by something as bazar as this. Most individuals suffering for Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder are victims of abuse and discharged war veterans. The things these two classes of people have seen and lived through are beyond imaginable, and are the biggest causes of trauma known. After many more cases started to appear of individuals suffering from past trauma, this disorder was introduced to the American Psychiatric Association during the 1980’s. The American Psychiatric Association contains

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