General Purpose: To Inform
Specific Purpose: To inform the audience about PTSD
Thesis Statement: We hear about it in the news, papers, and small town chatter; be we don’t really understand what it is. It affects the victims mind, body, and people around them; I want to inform you all about this disorder, and what it does. INTRO
1. I am going to say a word and just think about what pops into your head, what do you associate it with? PTSD. A. How about anger, irritability and emotional detachment? 1. Anger, unexplained irritability, and emotional detachment are the most common traits of PTSD. 2. These are common because of the high level of stress that is put on the suffering person. B. I wanted to talk to you all today about PTSD because it is a part of my life, and talking about it helps myself and others better understand and cope with it. 3. Having been in the marines for five years now, and two deployments later, I have noticed a lot of changes in me both physically and mentally. 4. Many changes are very good ones that I welcome with open arms, like being in good shape and perspective on life. However, others I wish whole heartedly I could undo. C. PTSD is a disorder that is shrouded in misconceptions. According to Webster the definition is a type of anxiety disorder that's triggered by a traumatic event. Post-traumatic stress disorder can be brought on if you experience or witness an event that causes intense fear, helplessness or horror. It is my wish that you all leave here today with a better understanding of it. BODY #1
2. I have told you all what effects PTSD has, but here is a new question. What causes the disorder? D. Many people think that is only something you get from being in the military and war, the truth is any severely stressful or traumatic situation can trigger this illness. 5. Ever notice how some people are never quite the same after a really bad car wreck, a horrible relationship, or even getting mugged? 6. When I was overseas we took rockets, mortars and small arms fire almost daily, and that took a toll on me and my fellow marines. E. What triggers the anger, flashbacks or unexplained adrenaline rushes? 7. Just about anything can set these off, getting startled, hearing an unexpected boom or gunshot etc etc. 8. An example of this I went out riding with a couple friends on the fourth of July this year, and my friend Dennis was right in front of me. We was going through a town and someone set off a large bottle rocket, the kind that screams before it explodes. He turned his brand new Harley to get away from the sound so fast that I don’t know how he didn’t lay it down. I asked him why he did that, I was wearing a full face helmet and didn’t hear it, and the look in his eyes told me that he wasn’t on highway 121. His mind was back in the Helmand Province, Afghanistan when an RPG flew only 5 feet away from his head while he was in a gun trucks turret. F. That being said how can you help someone in a situation like this? Well you have two choices. 9. You can leave them alone, just let them be and they will come back on their own. The second choice is to grab hold of them, and tell them who they are, where they are, and what they are doing, just give them reassurance and comfort. 10. I chose the second option, I took of my helmet and sunglasses and took the glasses off his face and looked him in the eyes and said, “Dennis do you know where you are? What are you doing? Dennis its ok man you’re in Illinois it’s the fourth of July we are out on our July ride that we do every year. You’re ok man just breath deep.” After doing all that he came back and was just really shaken up. BODY #2
3. For me, the most daunting trait of PTSD is the emotional detachment that I mentioned before. G. You might be asking, emotional detachment? What...