Essay Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ( Ptsd )

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Introduction

Today PTSD is a growing issue affecting returning service members from areas of conflict including, but not limited to the Middle East. While at times many of the veterans may appear to suffer from no aliment at all, because these wounds they hold are not physical but mental. As a result of veterans not understanding their aliments, and taking on the struggle alone, there are an estimated twenty-two suicides every day committed by veterans. Unquestionably even one suicide a day is unacceptable, but twenty-two is absurd, so it is our job no our duty to understand to help care and guide untreated PTSD suffers. More importantly, if we can even reach one of those twenty-two that is one more additional light to shine in this world.

WHAT IS PTSD?

PTSD as described by the Mayo Clinic is “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.”. Although the cause is not limited to those who where afflicted with this condition thru war, that is the main focus of this anthology. Traditionally mental issues have been stricken with a stigma from our popular culture, and it is that stigma that causes veterans to avoid help for fear of being labeled or having judgments by society cast upon them. A current statistic puts those who served in Afghanistan or Iraq at…

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