What Makes People Tick?

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What makes people tick? Most people who experience trauma will have feelings of shock, anger, fear, nervousness, or even guilt. These feeling normally go away over time. That however is not the case with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) which makes it very tricky. It manifests in many different forms and occurs in practically every age group. Why? This disorder can be found within any person who has been through a traumatic event of any sort, but why does it not occur in every person who has gone through something traumatic? Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was not even recognized as a real diagnosis until after Vietnam in the 1980s. The first case is thought to be that of Epizelus recorded by the Greek Historian Herodotus after the battle …show more content…
It is seen again in Shakespeare 's play Henry IV part II in which Lady Percy sees that her husband is “ having terrible nightmares in which he murmurs "tale of iron wars," and talks to his "bounding steed." And when he 's awake, Harry is like a ghost.” This description is an exact description of flashbacks which will be explained more later. PTSD has been given many names over the years to help understand what is happening everything from irritable heart to shell shock and battle cowardice. It wasn 't until Vietnam that people actually started researching why people turned into different people after being exposed to trauma of any sort. It was as recently as World War I that people could be killed for their “battle cowardice”. The best public representation is in an episode of the BBC show Torchwood where the plot of the episode was that they had to return a shell-shocked soldier from WWI to his own time even though he will be killed for “battle cowardice”. PTSD comes in every shape in size, but it comes with some pretty obvious markers. PTSD is, in it’s most basic form, the body’s way of reacting to anything very upsetting. Most cases of PTSD are …show more content…
It is thought that approximately 7.8% of Americans will develop PTSD at some point in their lifetimes. It is so common that it has permeated popular TV series such as M*A*S*H and Grey’s Anatomy. In one of its many appearances on M*A*S*H a young medic loses his younger brother Stevie in combat and goes into a state of Amnesia. Army psychiatrist Sidney Freedman hypnotizes him and gets the truth in the end. Amnesia is a common reaction and symptom of PTSD. The mind cannot handle the truth of what it has just gone through so it forgets for any period of time. A second provocative PTSD case on public television is the beloved character Major Owen Hunt from Grey 's Anatomy. In one of his earliest episodes as a main character he is sleeping over Cristina’s house and woke up with his hands around her throat. In this case Grey’s Anatomy was teaching its audience about the first category of PTSD symptoms, reliving. Owen’s squad hit a land mine on the way to another medical station and by the helicopters came to provide aid he was the only one left alive. His flashback is triggered by the ceiling fan in Cristina’s room which in his mind is the same as the helicopter blades. While PTSD is common enough that it 's portrayed on most shows with any degree of trauma, it does not appear in everyone who has experienced

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