The Far-Reaching Effects of PTSD

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A compelling quote by writer Jose Narosky is, "In war, there are no unwounded soldiers". Not all soldiers return from war with noticeable wounds or visible scars although they do return with injuries that are not evident to the naked eye. Wounded soldiers often endure distressing emotional injuries. These injuries may lead to an illness known as post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD. However, soldiers are not the only victims of this tragic condition; anyone who has experienced a traumatic event is at risk. While victims of PTSD suffer from it for different reasons, they all have one thing in common; the invisible wounds from these traumatic events. Research is proving that PTSD, which originally was considered just a "thought" disorder, is actually more (Lain.).In addition to the psychological symptoms, PTSD affects the brain and the internal body's health as well (Lain). All of the research not only allows for a better understanding of the causes, symptoms and treatments of PTSD, but also disperses myths associated with the disorder (Lain). Post-traumatic stress disorder like any other illness is a devastating diagnosis. PTSD may happen for many reasons, such as combat exposure, sexual abuse as a child, physical abuse, horrible accidents, any kind of natural disaster or anything that is frightening and traumatic ("What Is PTSD?".). Approximately, in the United States 5.2 million adults have PTSD during a given year ("How Common Is PTSD?"). In fact, seven or eight people out of one hundred in the United States alone will have PTSD at some point ("How Common Is PTSD?"). More women than men develop PTSD. Roughly, 10% of women in the United States develop PTSD at some point in their lives compared with 5% of American me... ... middle of paper ... ...ical Association has stated, "We know that these drugs are effective, but we don't fully understand what they will do to the brain long term" (Lain). As a result, of all this information pertaining to the causes, symptoms, and risks of PTSD, society will be able to recognize that these emotional injuries carry a very real wound. Moreover, these wounds will not just heal with time or slowly fade. Nevertheless, there will always be moronic people that encourage the myths that PTSD sufferers are weak or "crazy" or that PTSD does not even exist. However, optimistically people will continue to recognize the legitimacy of this disorder and support PTSD sufferers, as well as continuing to investigate new treatment options, and remember there are no quick fixes. Perhaps the writer Michael Connelly said it best, "You can't patch a wounded soul with a Band-Aid.” (Connelly).

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