Essay on Not All Wounds : Wounds, And Head For Home

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Not All Wounds Are Visible

When the fighting ends, the surviving assess the damage, bind their wounds, and head for home. From the first moments of the attack, preservation of life was each man’s goal, and each survivor rejoices in his durability. However, the soldier’s will bear the burden of the memories of the day’s violent encounter. Any moment could be transformed from detached observer to one of the maimed, mutilated, and dying soldier’s on the ground. For some, fading body scars will provide lasting testimony to the battle, but an unfortunate few, psychologically wounded, will suffer the pain of combat for life (Schroder, xi). Fear for ones life and witnessing loss of life in others traumatizes. This holds true whether the maimed be friend or foe. Across history, the condition has been called “Soldiers Heart”, “Shell Shock”, or “Combat Fatigue”. It is now increasingly common as our service men and women return from Iraq, Afghanistan, and other combat zones. Since 1990, Veterans’ centers have treated more than 1.6 million affected with PTSD. (Paulson). Time does not heal all wounds. As early as 1900 B.C., Egyptian physicians depicted hysterical, psychological reactions in soldiers exposed to traumatic events in battle (Schroder, 175). Post traumatic stress disorder is classified as a mental disease because it has a cause, identifiable and consistent symptoms, and a predictable course if untreated or if treated unsuccessfully. For a person to receive a diagnosis of…

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