Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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“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.” (NIMH) Families of veterans struggle to help their loved ones. “Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by a person’s exposure to life-threatening or otherwise traumatic circumstances.” (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder affects about 7.7 million American adults age 18 and older, or about 3.5 percent of people in this age group in a given year, have PTSD. Flashbacks- people with PTSD often have and they relive the traumatic event and it is just as frightening to them as it was the day the occurred. Anything as simple as a pillow can bring flash back events and memories. The images and sounds and smells into their dreams. Someone with PTSD is constantly living in fear of the worst. They can also become very depressed because they may feel guilty. PTSD often causes people to commit suicide. They live in a world of terror and fear all the time. The only way they see of escaping is death. Imagine if one day you wake up and see bright red lights flashing and bombs going off. Imagine seeing one bomb about to explode and kill you and everyone around you and you have to defuse that bomb in less than 5 minutes. When you finally defuse the bomb five minutes later the beep of the bomb begins again. This keeps occurring over and over and you don’t know what to do but so you decide you are going to die so you will just need to kill yourself so you can die a les... ... middle of paper ... ...2013. . "Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)." NIMH RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Dec. 2013. . "Prevalence, Severity, and Comorbidity of 12-month DSM-IV Disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication." National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. 19 Dec. 2013. . "September 11 by Numbers." September 11 by Numbers. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Dec. 2013. . "The Numbers Count: Mental Disorders in America." NIMH RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Dec. 2013. .

In this essay, the author

  • Describes how bob, an iraq war veteran suffering from ptsd, continues to be troubled by his combat experiences. his wife, lori, describes some of bob's challenges.
  • Describes how people wake up with the hopes of "making it" through the day. they wonder if they will be able to control themselves.
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