Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ( Ptsd ) Essay

1164 Words Dec 7th, 2016 5 Pages
Many American soldiers returning from the traumas of war experience PTSD: an emotional illness that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event but is rarely acknowledged or fully understood. Throughout history, scientists have discovered different forms of PTSD, aside from the war, and many treatments on solving this illness. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder was first acknowledged after the Civil War around 1870. Although there have been many changes in its name throughout history, the illness has always had the same effect on people. The term "Soldier 's Heart" was used when people were looking at these veterans returning from Civil War combat and trying to understand why they had been changed. Soldier 's Heart comes from the observations that people 's cardiovascular system in terms of their heart dynamics, their blood pressure, a pulse rate, seemed to be altered. In World War I, another physical explanation was the term “Shell shock,” where being close to the big guns pounding out the artillery on both sides of the barbed wire in the trenches was somehow disrupting neuronal connections, so nerves were actually affected (Friedman, Pomerantz, & Burke, "Soldier 's Heart" and "Shell Shocked", 2005). WWII differed from previous wars in its use of bigger field weapons and bombs, which placed soldiers at greater risk of PTSD. Terminology changed to “combat exhaustion,” or “battle fatigue” during WWII. Realizing that all soldiers were…

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