Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ( Ptsd ) Essay

902 Words Nov 19th, 2015 4 Pages
Approximately 41% of the general population will experience at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. Of this portion, approximately 5.6% of the general population will go on to develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, certain subsets of the general population have a greater incidence of traumatic events and PTSD (Holiday 2015). People all over the world suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and some people are able to control it and get the help they need and others die from this serious disease. PTSD is something that develops over time and doesn’t just happen immediately after the traumatic incident. From this paper you will learn the different symptoms, what causes PTSD and what you can do to get treated.
According to Mark Thompson PTSD can be traced back to antiquity. It was called "soldier 's heart" during the American Civil War and morphed into "shell shock" in the First World War and "battle fatigue" during the Second. It became "operational exhaustion" in Korea and PTSD only after Vietnam, when the American Psychiatric Association added the term to its list of recognized mental disorders.” (Thompson Mark 2015). Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) first became a diagnostic category due to the problems many of the Vietnam veterans experienced after they returned from battle. Stress reactions to events in battle had already been discovered in previous wars such as WWI and WWII; however, the veterans of the Vietnam War seemed particularly…

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