One of the ways PTSD can affect a soldier is physically. In World War I, PTSD was called shell shock, because of the name, the impression given was that person had been to close to the explosion. Later physicians concluded that proximity was not a factor to the symptoms (Thomas 11). The way a person really acquires PTSD is by experiencing a horrific tragedy causing the person trauma in many ways (10). Erastus Holmes was at a prisoner of war camp in Andersonville, Georgia and finally managed to get out. By the time he was able to escape he weighed just 85 pounds stricken with disease, starvation, and deprivation. After the Civil War ended, his suffering had not. He was able to return home but never back to normal. He would constantly be thinking about what he had witnessed. He even built a model of the Andersonville prison in the back yard of his home (10).
One of the most common occurrences of people with PTSD is turning to drugs and/or alcohol to “help” them through such a hard time (Frey par. 7). Obviously drugs and alcohol do not help anyone throughout their lifetime. By putting these materials in their bodies it just hurts them more and more physically. “52% of people diagnosed with life long PTSD were also diagnosed with alcohol abuse or dependence,” according to Veterans administration (...
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Silver, Diane. "Many Veterans Struggle to Heal from Moral Injuries." Do Veterans Receive Adequate Health Care? Ed. Susan C. Hunnicutt. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2012. At Issue. Rpt. from "Beyond PTSD: Soldiers Have Wounded Souls."Miller-McCune.com. 2011. Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 24 Oct. 2013.
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