Analysis Of Paul's Life

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Register to read the introduction… His life was saved but he lost his heart the day that his parents did not return home. Children and adults react differently to trauma. His grandparents eventually returned back to normal reality. Even Tom’s behavior was different; more protective as in holding a degree of guilt (Meyer, Chapman, & Weaver, 2009). No one was more damaged than Paul. Paul was different. He no longer found joy in the things that he had once enjoyed with his family. Activities that would entertain most youth his age, he found no interest in. He lost his appetite and never returned to the activities that he had once enjoyed with his dad in the tree house (Meyer, Chapman, & Weaver, 2009). Not only did he lose his parents from this horrendous tragedy, but also he had to adapt to a new way of life, now living with his grandparents in their home. Paul began to seem detached from his reality and had extreme nightmares at night. He would reenact the chaos from that day when he would play with Legos (Meyer, Chapman, & Weaver, 2009). One of the most heart breaking details of …show more content…
4 story was his loss of emotion toward Tom even as supportive and protective as he was. A faulty message it seems that Paul learned at an early age was not to get attached to people. The people that he loved and was attached to the most were gone.
In the DSM-IV, criterion B shows that repetitive play may occur and that children may have dreams without knowing the content. Paul exhibits both of these examples. He also avoided conversation about the day or about his parents and would “space out” when the topic was mentioned (Meyer, Chapman, & Weaver, 2009). Paul’s whole life changed after September 11, 2001. He withdrew from almost everything that had once been enjoyable. His relationships with what family remained were strained.
One can only imagine the emotional turmoil that Paul lives through as triggers come up. For any person dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, life can be harsh. The trauma can be a never-ending nightmare that repeats itself at the most random times. A simple song or the slamming of a door are possible triggers to throw a victim back into a spiral of horror as the memories replay themselves in their

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