Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a very important topic because it can affect many people now, and with todays’ society, can be a very touchy but interesting topic. One out of every three troops has been diagnosed with PTSD and less than 40% have found or looked for help. 1 out of 5 active duty soldiers try to commit suicide every day (PTSD Foundation of America). In the mid 1970’s the term was added to the DSM III (Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). It was not until 1980 that the term PTSD was formally recognized. In 1987, a revised edition (DSM III-R) was released with a new diagnostic criteria which made a huge impact for our veterans and their diagnosis (Unknown). In 2007, PTSD was at its highest for diagnosis in the military. Experts think that PTSD occurs in about 11-20 veterans out of 100 who served in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). (U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs). PTSD is a very misunderstood and ignored condition that affects many military veterans returning from war and causes very stressful situations for their families and the people around them who need to be provided with more education and services to help them with the healing process after returning home.
Post- traumatic stress disorder is caused by an exposure to very stressful events or series of events. These events are usually very harmful to one or others and are normally very sudden causing the person not to have time to prep themselves for it (Shiraldi Ph.D.). The symptoms almost make complete sense once you get an understanding of it.
Some signs of PTSD can be easily seen by bystanders others are more overlooked. A simple sign of post- traumatic stress disorder is an increased anxiety level. It is a typical stress response for many people. Also a way to notice PTSD is abuse. Abuse comes in many forms. Physical abuse is trying hurt oneself or others on purpose or not on purpose. There is also alcohol abuse
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