Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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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. hospitals and clinics (The Daily Beast). Some Symptoms of PTSD are recurring flashbacks, high levels of anxiety, known as hyperarousal. People also avoid or numb the memory of the event (Wikipedia). Re-living trauma can come in the form of nightmares or in disturbing recollections during the day. Nightmares and recollections come and go randomly for people. Some may not experience them for weeks at a time, and then get them every day for no reason. People may also experience sleep problems, depression, feelings of detachment or numbness, or being easily startled. Loss of interest in things they used to enjoy and having trouble feeling affectionate can also happen. People with PTSD may get unbelievably irritated or more aggressive than before. It can get to the point where the person is violent. (psychcentral) More causes of PTSD are sexual assault, torture, and life threatening events on oneself and/or a lov... ... middle of paper ... ...oing through. Works Cited Smith, Melinda, M.A., and Jeanne Segal, PH.D. "Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).", Mar. 2014. Web. 26 Apr. 2014. Grohol, John M., PSY.D. "Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)." Psych Central, 19 Nov. 2013. Web. 25 Apr. 2014. "Posttraumatic Stress Disorder." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 27 Apr. 2014. Web. 27 Apr. 2014. "Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)." NIMH RSS. National Institute of Health, N.D. Web. 26 Apr. 2014. Reno, Jamie. "The Hero Project." The Daily Beast. Newsweek/Daily Beast, 21 Oct. 2012. Web. 25 Apr. 2014. "Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder." Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. International. Wellness Directory, N.D. Web. 27 Apr. 2014. "Feds Might Allow Researchers to Study PTSD Treatment with Medical Marijuana." - RT USA. RT, 18 Mar. 2014. Web. 27 Apr. 2014.
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