Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ( Ptsd ) Essay

1449 Words Jun 9th, 2015 6 Pages
Before the Vietnam War Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder was not as prominent or well known as it is today. At the end of the Vietnam War about 15 of every 100 soldiers were diagnosed with PTSD. But more recent studies show that the actual amount of veterans that suffered from PTSD at some point in their life is closer to about 30 out of every 100 soldiers. No other war has had that high of PTSD statistics. Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) reported having about 11 out of every 100 soldiers suffering from PTSD while the Gulf War resulted in 12 soldiers out of every 100 having PTSD. The only war/operation that was close to the Vietnam War was Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). OEF reported having 20 soldiers out of every 100 soldiers developing PTSD. As you can see from the statistics the Vietnam War had a much larger body of soldiers that suffered PTSD. I attribute this to the very nature of the different wars. The Vietnam War was a Guerilla War. Guerrilla Warfare is a form of warfare where small groups of soldier use military tactics including ambushes, sabotage, raids, petty warfare, hit-and-run tactics, and mobility to fight a larger and less-mobile traditional military. This style of fighting provided a high-stress environment for soldier because they always were woried about either boobie-traps or ambushes. What could be more terrifying to a soldier who can never know when the enemy are going to attack because you 're traveling through a jungle with little to no visibility, or…

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