Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Cathi Williams
9/10/2012
Informative Speech: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Has anybody in this class know anybody or themselves that have went through a traumatic event in their life, such as abuse, war, witnessing a murder, and so on? Well if you do you or that person are at risk of developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a relatively new psychological diagnosis, but it is a kind of anxiety disorder. For example after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 has caused PTSD in some of the people that were involved in first response to the Twin Towers, people who saw the disaster occur, and even people who have lost relatives and friends in that tragic event. Some symptoms that occur are “reliving” the event, which would disturb your day to day life, avoidance such as feeling emotional numbness or feeling like you don’t care about anything anymore, arousal such as difficulty concentrating or you get startled easily. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder is just like having Hysteria. Hysteria was what they told people who went through a traumatic event back in the days of the Vietnam War and World War 2 because back then there was no such thing as PTSD. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can occur in anybody, women, children, men and it can occur at any age. According to the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs about 60% of men and 50% of women experience at least one traumatic event in their life, about 7-8% of the population will have PTSD in their life span, and about 10% of women have PTSD and 5% of men have PTSD at one point of their lives. PTSD occurs mostly in men and women who have served our country in the military and had seen some type of combat happen. According to the U.S Army Office of the Surgeon General on a study they did to see how many service men or women had acquired PTSD after 2010 Operation New Dawn, which was when President Obama had set the military to Osama Bin Laden’s compound to kill him. It turned out...
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