What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? PTSD is an illness that occurs after traumatic events happen in which harm is threatened or caused to a person. People often associate this disorder with being in the military during war, such as now, and suffering traumatic events (Getzfeld & Schwartz). This is very true, but this disorder can affect people from all walks of life. Some other examples of people that develop PTSD are cancer patients, someone living with an abusive spouse. He or she might exhibit PTSD a month or so after seeking help and leaving the abusive relationship. What are the Symptoms?

When someone is suffering from this disease or mental illness, they will show signs of anxiety. Heart palpitations are common, as well as shortness of breath, and heavy sweating are some of the symptoms that are present with this illness (Giles, 2005). A person can be easily startled, and it can cause such disruption for them that they may need to be hospitalized to keep them from harming themselves or others. As I stated before, PTSD usually starts around the first month of a traumatic event, but it is not unusual for it to take up to three months before showing symptoms.

A person that suffers from this disease can behave rather unusual in some situations. Say you are in a crowded room and everyone having a great time. Then someone drops a glass and it shatters near a person that once was in an abusive relationship. That person may seem very confused, startled, and may have to be removed from the situation because their symptoms may manifest without warning. Some people react differently; some violent, and some just scared and disoriented. Who does PTSD affect?

PTSD doesn’t discriminate on what age a person is before it can be diagnosed. Children can suffer from this mental illness although it does affect them a little different than adults. Young children ages 6-11 will show symptoms that are similar to...
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