Understanding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Understanding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and How it Effects Learning
Learning can be affected by many things that occur throughout a student’s education career. Therefore, has anyone ever thought of how a student’s mental well-being could affect their learning process? The fact is, approximately 4-6% of youth nationwide will be diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) upon meeting the specific criteria due to experiencing a traumatic event that includes symptoms such as reduced concentration and disturbing thoughts, which may rigorously interfere with school performance (Kataoka, Langley, Wong, Baweja & Stein, 2012). While these percentages may seem small, it is still extremely important that students and instructors alike are made aware of PTSD, its symptoms and effective treatments in order to provide support for one another. Comprehension of the definition of PTSD is required when it comes to communication and providing aid to an individual suffering from it. A common misconception of this disorder is that only combat veterans bear psychological stress that affects their state of mind.
Although, that presently is not the case, the experiences of Vietnam Veterans did lead to the disorders introduction into the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 3rd edition (DSM-III) in 1980 (Kato, Kawata & Pitman, 2006). Since 1980, PTSD, (depicted by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) (n.d.) as “an anxiety disorder that some people get
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