Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ( Ptsd ) Essay

1194 Words May 13th, 2016 5 Pages
Our brains are shaped and developed as children, this doesn’t mean they can’t be changed by experiences in our lives no matter the age. When brains suffer trauma they develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD can be hard to understand but it still affects 8% of American’s at some time in their lives ( Source 1 ). There are 318.9 million people in America; 25,512 of them have suffered from PTSD. When talking about PTSD, the first thought is veterans because a large majority of veteran suffer from this disorder. In addition to veterans, PTSD could be developed from traumatic events such as rape, surviving a dangerous event ( a car accident / natural disaster ), being neglected as a child, poverty, family discord, or being a emergency responder (Source 5). PTSD is characterized by intrusive thoughts, hyperarousal, flashbacks, nightmares/ sleep disturbances, changes in memory/concentration, and changes in response to being startled in adults. Symptoms in children include fear of being separated from parents, sleep problems and nightmares with confusing content, new phobias and anxieties that seem unrelated to the trauma, physical aches and pains with no apparent cause, and lastly irritability and aggression ( Source 4) . These symptoms are said to represent how stress-induced changes in the brain have been implements. Understanding what causes this disorder is the first step, the second is to understand how the brain is affected. The bulk of brain development happens in…

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