There are many different kinds of psychiatric disorders listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. One of them is called Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Based on the research, post-traumatic disorder usually occurs following the experience of witnessing life-threatening events such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, or serious accidents. Tim O’ Brien’s The Things They Carried and “A Soldiers Home” by Ernest Hemingway, these authors share their experiences and talk about the damaging effects of war. Though there is a plethora of disadvantages and hardships of going through PTSD, the disorder can be overcome with the help of others yes, but the person suffering from the disorder is the most important piece of the puzzle.
Tim O’Brien and Ernest Hemingway both have military backgrounds, which explain the emotion and passion they write with. The lingering effects of the war were a big part of Hemingway’s psychiatric disorders, which ultimately led him to commit suicide. O’Brien resented the fact that he was sent to the Vietnam War and the reader can completely tell in his book, especially the chapter “How to Tell a True War Story.” The emotional distress of what happened to these two authors while they were serving in the military must have done substantial damage to their brain.
Although many men and women who return from a war zone successfully adjust to their lives, others have difficulty transitioning to family life, to their jobs, and their communities. In the short story “A Soldiers Home”, Harold Krebs’ mother is worried about him after he comes home from the war because of his lackadaisical attitude about life and explains to him that it isn’t only she that is worried about him:
“Your father is worried, too," his mother went on. "He thinks you have lost your ambition, that you haven't got a definite aim in life. Charley Simmons, who is just your age, has a good job and is... [continues]
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