Ptsd In Vietnam War

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Being in combat is one of the toughest things one can ask of a person, yet people enlist voluntarily. War is draining on every person that is involved, whether they are on sight or a family member praying that their loved one is safe. War is draining on every person that is involved, whether they are physically there or just a worried family member, praying for the safety of their loved one. Not only is war strenuous on people while they are gone, but during post war they uncover the same struggles and feelings faced while in combat. This painful mental condition is called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. Unfortunately, many Americans face this dreadful illness everyday. PTSD is an effect of almost all-veteran post combat violence, …show more content…
Back in World War II PTSD had not even been heard of. This illness had a delayed reaction of four-five years after fighting in World War II. Until PTSD had actually been looked into, researchers named the mysterious illness ‘shell shock’ and were still unaware of why the symptoms were occurring (Sommarvia). The Vietnam war has been said to have the highest rates of PTSD. After the Vietnam War, PTSD had a shorter delayed reaction of only one year, but because they got checked right when they came home they hadn’t gotten compensated for their sickness (Hochgesang, Lawyer, Stevenson). Due to the soldiers not getting compensated the veterans from Vietnam had been upset, and felt worthless from the government and citizens of the United States. After soldiers in Vietnam had the opportunity to go home, they had to ride the plane by themselves, dodging the opportunity to share their experiences with others that would understand. This lack of support was a huge factor in the development of PTSD especially in Vietnam soldiers (Hochgesang, Lawyer, Stevenson). Today in war, such as the Iraq and Afghanistan war Post Traumatic Stress has a delay of only a few months. With the uprising of this disorder the government has been able to update their research and provide more care to the veterans post war (PTSD, National Center for PTSD). Now, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, …show more content…
PTSD has a lasting impact on an individual and has the capability to cause violence, self-harm, tension in the family, and has increased throughout the years of battle. This mental illness affects not only the veteran, but also everyone around them and brings apart of war back home. This mental condition can destroy an individual if the war doesn’t, as a country, the government needs to help save these innocent people and keep them

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