Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, By James N. Butcher Essay

2054 Words Aug 7th, 2016 9 Pages
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
When a human experiences something traumatizing, there is a very high possibility that it will affect that person in a negative way. If the experience was extremely traumatizing for the person, the challenges one will face will not be for short-term but more likely long-term. The inability to go on with one’s daily life because of the challenges and suffering one faces will make life a bit difficult. Post-traumatic stress disorder is what one will face after a traumatizing experience or event. In “Abnormal Psychology”, James N. Butcher, Jill M. Hooley, and Susan Mineka (2007), define post-traumatic stress disorder as a “disorder that occurs following an extreme traumatic event, in which a person reexperiences the event, avoids reminder of the trauma, and exhibits persistent increased arousal” (p. 623). For example, a traumatizing event for a young girl can be getting kidnapped. If one day she is kidnapped and found by the police and her parents after few days, most definitely that traumatizing event will affect her life. It will affect her as she will probably be scared at all times, scared to go outside or leave her house, have terrifying dreams, and probably even have separation anxiety as she wants to feel protected and watched over by her parents at all times. There are eight main criteria, Criteria A, B, C, D, and E, for post-traumatic stress disorder that apply to adults, adolescents, and children who are older than the…

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