Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ( Ptsd ) Essay examples

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Post traumatic stress disorder is a relatively new disorder in the mental health world. It was first added to the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders) in 1980. Unlike other mental disorders which have had a known effect on people for upwards of one hundred years, PTSD has been officially around for just over thirty. Because of this, public opinion and the general state of feeling towards the disorder varies. While many people have gone through traumatic experiences in their lifetimes that have resulted in short term trouble in adjusting and coping, PTSD patients do not simply “get over it.” They have a lasting mental health condition with no cure. As with the vast majority of mental disorders, there is no scan or specific tell-all test to diagnose patients, nor is there a cure, and each patient reacts to disorders differently. Because of this, the effects that PTSD can have on a person’s life actions and decisions is undetermined. This lack of comfort in knowing what the problem is and how to fix it (i.e. with a broken leg) causes controversy to arise around PTSD and the effect it may have on crimes committed by patients who have the disorder or those who have yet to be diagnosed.

To be diagnosed with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, a patient must have been exposed to a traumatic event in which they “experienced, witnessed, or was confronted with an event or events that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the…

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