CRIS 608 research paper 1

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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Barbara M. Draper
Liberty University

A traumatic event affects many people in various ways. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a globally recognized disorder that is common among persons who have experienced traumatic events, but is also known as a normal response by normal persons in abnormal situations. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder can be caused by a multitude of reasons, not just from traumatic events. People with various personality traits can be associated with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. People who suffer from poor health can also be associated with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. People who suffer various life occurrences such as rape, natural disasters,
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Not all individuals are affected by these events. Those that are significantly affected usually have suffered a traumatic loss, witnessed death, or have had a serious injury (in depth, 2013). These factors can contribute to symptoms associated with PTSD.
Victims also referred to as survivors of natural disasters are aware of their losses and are affected in different ways, and many times this is due to their age and/or stage in life. The elderly often times feel they are too old to start over again and feel the loss of all their possessions, especially family possessions, pictures, and memories of children in the younger years is too much to overcome (Lee Ann Hoff, Bonnie Joyce Hallisey, & Miracle Hoff, 2009). For some survivors anger and frustration can set in. They also have feelings of guilt because they have survived the disaster.
Survivors also have feelings of anxiety and flashbacks, especially if they hear or see things that trigger memories of the disaster. Children are especially susceptible to nightmares and often times do not want to be left alone after a disaster. Those who suffer from PTSD due to a natural disaster may have symptoms that are severe and last for a months or even a lifetime. Others may be able to overcome their symptoms and reconstruct a new life, a new home, and move forward. Some find comfort in rebuilding in the

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