Essay about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ( Ptsd )

773 Words Jun 15th, 2015 4 Pages
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is caused by Psychological Changes in the Brain

People who have been in combat overseas and have been involved in a traumatic or life threatening event often come home with some form of PTSD. Most soldiers will lie and tell people they do not have PTSD that they are fine. For those people who fear the stigma of PTSD following them the rest of their career. Scientific research will show Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is caused by psychological changes in the brain due to a traumatic event. It does not mean something is wrong with them. However, they should see a doctor and see if there are ways to help them though this tough transition.

In order to help our brothers and sisters we must try and understand what Post Traumatic Stress disorder really is. We have to look at what areas of the brain are being affected. There are three regions of your brain that are triggered and change due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder the hippocampus, amygdale, and the medial prefrontal cortex. The region that is affected the most because of trauma is the amygdale. The amygdale is an almond shaped mass of cells located in the temporal lobe of the brain. It is responsible for several functions of the body its main job is to process emotions such as pleasure, fear, and anger. It also, controls what memories are stored and where they are stored in the brain. The amygdale controls a person’s fight or flight response when something frightens them, it has the ability…

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