Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder In The Things They Carried By Tim O Brien

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One of the biggest things to worry about when a solider comes home from war is the symptoms or challenges they maybe face while being home. They might experience things similar to what happen back in the war and might lash out or go into a depression, this stage maybe be due to a disorder they might bring back from when they were in the war and this it is called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD for short. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that 's triggered by a terrifying event either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event (MayoClinic). Many types of soldiers showed these symptoms after they got back from the war especially …show more content…
One example that I can remember from the book is that this solider called Norman Bowker is actually one of Tim O’Brien’s friend that actually suffers from PTSD from the Vietnam war. He blamed himself for his friend Kiowa’s death and can not keep it together and come back to reality. He would have suicidal thoughts and asked why it wasn’t him. He would keep daydreaming and think about his childhood best friend that is dead and how he wished he could talk to him. I fell like another example of PTSD in the things they carried would be with Lieutenant Cross because he day dream and think about Martha all the time when he was with his men and then he would lay down at night we he was suppose to look out for snipers to make sure it was alright for his men to be there but while he was doing that he was to distracted and one of his men go shot and killed in the head. He eventually blamed himself for the tragic incident, and it haunted him to a point where he burned all of Martha’s pictures so he couldn’t be distracted by her

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