Trauma Theory and PTSD Trauma relates to a type of damage to the mind that comes from a severely distressing event. A traumatic event relates to an experience or repeating events that overwhelmingly precipitated in weeks, months, or decades as one tries to cope with the current situations that can cause negative consequences. People’s general reaction to these events includes intense fear, helplessness or horror. When children experience trauma, they show disorganized or agitative behavior. In addition, the trigger of traumas includes some of the following, harassment, embarrassment, abandonment, abusive relationships, rejection, co-dependence, and many others.
According to the American Psychological Association, trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event. Some terrible events that happen all too often are rape, natural disasters or an accident. Immediately following the event shock and denial are likely to occur, but in the long-term flashbacks, unpredictable emotions and troubled relationships can arise. Defining emotional trauma on a child. Emotional trauma in a child can be created by bullying, emotional abuse, death of loved ones, separation from parent, or chaos and dysfunction in the household.
They may experience sleep problems, feel detached or numb, or be easily startled. PTSD was first brought to public attention in relation to war veterans, but it can result from a variety of traumatic incidents, such as mugging, rape, torture, being kidnapped or held captive, child abuse, car accidents, train wrecks, plane crashes, bombings, or natural disasters such as floods or earthquakes. People with PTSD may startle easily, become emotionally numb (especially in relation to people with whom they used to be close), lose interest in things they used to enjoy, have trouble feeling affectionate, be irritable, become more aggressive, or even become violent. They avoid situations that remind them of the original incident, and anniversaries of the incident are often very difficult. PTSD symptoms seem to be worse if the event that triggered them was deliberately initiated by another person, as in a mugging or a kidnapping.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder caused by experiencing or witnessing a really traumatic, tragic, or terrifying event. Those who suffer from PTSD can have persistent and frightening thoughts and memories of what they have been through and can end up feeling emotionally numb, especially with people they are close to. Seeing things that remind the individual of the incident may cause them to be very distressed, which leads them to avoid certain places or situations that brings the memories back, anniversaries of the event can also bring back memories and are often very difficult (psychcentral). Statistics from the Department of Veterans Affairs show that 9 out of 11 Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan get diagnosed with PTSD. That is almost 30 percent out of the 834,463 Veterans that are treated at V.A.
They can be easily startled and have difficulty sleeping (Post-traumatic). 80 percent of people suffering with PTSD also suffer from another psychiatric disorder. Some of those include anxiety drug and alcohol abuse, depression, and other anxiety disorders (Grinage). Children suffering from PTSD may have a delay in motor skills, language, and toilet training (Posttraumatic). Teenagers and older children with PTSD react similar to adults.
Jankowsi (2010) proclaims that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of life-threatening events (gospelassemblyfree.com). Jankowsi (2010) correspondingly goes on to list military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, and violent personal assaults like rape to be reasons for PSTD (gospelassemblyfree.com). Unless one has endured any of these traumatic situations, they will never comprehend what it is like to deal with PTSD. Life is going to be difficult for people dealing with PTSD. They often relive the experience through nightmares and flashbacks, have difficulty sleeping, and feel detached or estranged (Jankowsi 2010).
The cause for this is known to be a very traumatic experience that the person had gone through previously and fails to cope with it, thus they dissociate themselves from the memory in order to keep their mental state in one piece. All these results from the disorder do not begin to tell of the rest of the horrors that gnaw away at the affected human. Not only will various personalities show themselves over time, symptoms become very evident through the actions of the individual. At any point, the person could experience depression, suicidal thoughts, mood swings, rituals, compulsions, headaches, amnesia, and become lost in a trance. The affected one may also steer their life in an unhealthy direction; developing eating disorders and abusing their bodies through the use of drugs and alcohol.
He claims to have seen it several times; he is shot by a fellow soldier while giving a speech about his experiences (134). Billy feels threatened and untrusting towards oth... ... middle of paper ... ...ntitank buddies [fight] like hell until everyone [is] killed but Weary” (39). Weary dreams of this story because he enjoys violence and craves supremacy. Vonnegut uses Weary’s story to show war as evil and cruel. He leads the audience to loathe Weary for this idea and therefore loathe war for its similar values.
He relates some of his experiences during World War II to help him create the fictional story about Billy Pilgrim. Billy Pilgrim is a fictional character that Vonnegut created in order to somehow tell his store of Dresden. Most of Billy Pilgrim's experiences are similar to what Vonnegut actually experienced as a prisoner of war during World War II. PTSD is a disorder that disrupts someone's life keeping them from having an normal life because of a traumatic event that they experienced. PTSD is very common among soldiers returning from war because they went through many traumatic events during their deployment.
By institutionalizing the war, it was made easier to kill someone just like you for no reason. But by depersonalizing the soldiers with their enemy, it left devastating effects on the mind and heart. Soldiers emotions were deadened and they became irrational. Throughout the story, Paul Baumer, the narrator does not talk about killing someone but as the story progresses, this changes. An example of Paul acting irrational because of the effect war had on him was when he was in the trenches and all of a sudden, a French soldier comes into the trench and Paul immediately stabs him without thinking about, for Paul is scared and emotionally scarred.