Eddie Ray Routh Case Study

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Inevitably, the pivotal moments in life can take a turn for the worst. It is a day of recovery and healing for Eddie Ray Routh as he is going to make his first real attempt at socializing, and with other veterans nonetheless, since his last departure from the Veterans Affairs hospital in Dallas. Just as this day of recovery and healing is beginning, things take that turn for the worst; Eddie murders his two companions, Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield. A man craving to interact with someone that has faced the problem he is facing, post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, suddenly had a mental break. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a life altering disorder, which took quite the toll of the life of Routh on a daily basis. In this case, PTSD …show more content…
However, in the case of Routh, I believe it was quite an obvious diagnosis. Some of the symptoms of diagnosable PTSD are as follows: reliving the traumatic event as if it were happening, upsetting dreams about the event, physical and emotional reactions to things that remind you of the event, avoidance, memory problems, lack of interest in activities, self-destructive behavior, overwhelming guilt, and aggressive behavior (Mayo Clinic Staff). The symptoms just listed are only the ones that are clearly evident in the life of Routh in the article In the Crosshairs. If these are only the signs that were noticed while reading the article, it is very possible that those who knew Routh closely could identify even more commonalities between the list of symptoms and the list of signs that he showed. Throughout the article, two of the most evident symptoms that Routh displayed from the list were self-destructive behavior, in the form of alcoholism, and aggressive behavior. The alcoholism and aggressive behavior were often featured hand-in-hand for Routh. In one instance that was cited in the article, Routh was found “reeking of booze” (Schmidle) after an altercation with his father one night, where he threatened to “blow his brains out” (Schmidle). In this one instance alone, it is clear that there is an issue. Both aggressive behavior and alcohol abuse are dangerous independently, let alone partnered in an instance such as this one. There were also times that Routh felt guilty. In the words of his once-fiancée; “He had a lot of guilt that he wasn’t still in the Marines” (Schmidle). Guilt has the ability to alter the thoughts of even the most mentally alert persons. If Routh indeed felt guilty on a regular basis, this could be another precursor to his eventual mental fallout. Even if Routh did not have post-traumatic stress disorder, the combination of alcoholism,

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