Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a mental health condition, is triggered by daunting events. Thus, veterans, survivors of abuse and rape, victims of natural disasters and accidents, and emergency responders are especially at risk of developing this disorder. The best way to combat this illness is through support programs. Therefore, the treatment of PTSD through support programs need to be improved and further implemented …show more content…
This condition has drastic negative effects, not only on those that suffer from it, but for those around them. People with PTSD are reported to have recurring symptoms such as flashbacks, nightmares, fearful thoughts, depression, numbness, hyperarousal, negativity, and avoidance. These symptoms plague their daily life, deteriorating their overall quality of life.
They deal with a wide range of emotions- ranging from depression to numbness to anger. Therefore, this imbalance in emotions creates difficulties in social situations, thus leading to avoiding behavior and difficulty in performing daily tasks, such as working.
Sadly, lives also are on the line. It was documented through a survey that among people who have had a diagnosis of PTSD, approximated 27% had also attempted suicide. Thus, it is essential that those facing PTSD learn to be able to identify their triggers and acclimate to these triggers’ presence in their environment in a healthy manner.
Additionally, Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder affects everyone exposed to it. For example, research shows that veterans tend to have more marital and family problems, especially with …show more content…
It was reported that even with the high incidence of PTSD in veterans, only half of the veterans diagnosed with PTSD have received treatment, due to a lack of available programs. They are forced to try to maintain normalcy and combat the symptoms alone.
In addition, in a research essay issued by Harvard Review of Psychiatry, it reported that those affected by PTSD through non-military experiences such as rape or abuse, have limited access to helpful resources.
The quality of the programs also need to be improved. The Veteran Affairs Department reported that their own facilities are not meeting their requirements of offering every veteran with therapy.
Dr. Sandro Galea, a Columbia University Epidemiologist, reinforced this, “Both [the Defense and Veterans Affairs] departments lack a coordinated, consistent, well-developed, evidence-based system of treatment for PTSD”. In general, the United States’ approach to PTSD care needs be reformed by implementing more programs, and requiring a higher standard of