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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Brian ConwayMrs. DeenH. English 114-28-13

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can be defined as "A complex disorder in which the affected person's memory, emotional responses, intellectual processes, and nervous system have all been disrupted by one or more traumatic experiences" (Post). In simpler terms it's a mental disorder which is caused by a terrifying or horrific event. The event can cause nightmares, memories and reoccuring flashbacks that could be caused by military combat, rape, mugging, acts of violence or even a natural disaster (Facts).

There is a variety of those who feel PTSD is a personal issue that can be easily overcome with a shrink or counseling (Thackery). However, these people are unaware of its true dangers. According to Mental Health 60% of men and 50% of women experience at least one traumatic incident at some point. It is widely accepted as a major mental illness and affects nearly 9-10% of the general population (Hurley). People who believe it’s simply a “mental block” are far from the truth. It is a poorly funded disorder and is commonly ignored when 6 out of 10 veterans refuse to seek treatment because of fear they will lose respect (Howlett). While some feel it’s a personal issue, others realize it’s a very serious disorder that needs better funding.

Stats behind PTSD can be shocking to unaware readers. It’s estimated that “60.7% of men and 51.2% of women report experiencing four or more types of trauma” (Thackery). Of these approximately 14% will develop PTSD, and it is said that 3.6% of US adults ages 18 to 54 (5.2 million) have PTSD (Thackery). There are many facts to back up the harm behind PTSD but many people brush it off like it’s the common cold. According to Mental Health, funding for PTSD especially in war zones has gone down in recent years. Virginia themselves have cut funding for service dogs for PTSD veterans, because something as simple as helping an American hero suffering from PTSD is being cut. “The funding loss comes as a blow to trainers and people who place veterans suffering from PTSD and other service related injuries across the country” (Dolak). It’s disappointing funding is cut for America’s heroes.

Unfortunately, not many actions have been taken to deal with PTSD. The problem is it’s a mental disorder so it’s hard to work with. A doctor can’t simply run tests and put a patient on medicine to cure the disorder. Some doctors have put patients on anti-anxiety meds and anti-depressants to see if it works (Facts). Other options include Shrinks, therapy, mental health specialists, psychiatrists, psychologists, and a more recent treatment called “flooding” (Butler). “Flooding” is a highly controversial treatment because it can seriously damage a person’s well being. Flooding is a process which involves clients exposed to trauma related stimuli for prolonged time periods until their anxiety subsides (Post). Even though many doctors have taken ideas in their own hands to help cure their patients, most funding has been cut or never existed which makes it hard to find a real cure. This affects anyone with the disorder and patients who will have it in the future because minimal research is being done.

PTSD is a serious mental disorder in which people who have survived a terrifying event relive their terror in nightmares, memories, and feelings of fear (Izenberg). Symptom categories include, psychological re-experiencing of the traumatic event including flashbacks and dreams, avoidance of stimuli including television and simple conversations, and finally heightened arousal including sleep disturbances and insomnia (Staff). PTSD can put you at higher risk for health problem including depression, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, eating disorders and suicide (Post) which is what makes it such a serious issue. PTSD can also increase risk of cardiovascular disease, chronic pain, autoimmune diseases, and musculoskeletal conditions (Post). IT can cause insomnia, irritability and bursts of anger, difficulty concentrating, hyper vigilance (on constant “red alert”), and feeling jumpy and easily startled (Izenberg). Nevertheless it’s a very serious disorder that cannot be taken lightly.

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