Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Essay

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a psychological reaction to experiencing or witnessing a significantly stressful, traumatic, or shocking event. Did you know that one in three returning troops are being diagnosed with Post-traumatic stress disorder and less than 40% will seek help (PTSD Foundation of America). When people think of PTSD they automatically assume it just has to do with war veterans. But what people don't know is that children and teens all over the United States are diagnosed with PTSD every day. Of all the children and teens who have gone through or witnessed a traumatic event, 3-15% of girls and 1-6% of boys will develop PTSD (U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs). Adults that aren't
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There are many different things and/or events that can cause Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. You can develop PTSD when you go through, see, or learn about an event that causes intense fear, helplessness, or horror (Staff, Mayo Clinic). Psychological, genetic, physical, and social factors are involved in the causes of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. It is caused by a complex of inherited mental health risks, life experiences, and the inherited aspects of your personality – often called your temperament (Staff, Mayo Clinic). The way your brain regulates the chemicals and hormones your body releases in response to stress can also be a factor involved in the causes of PTSD. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder can occur from natural disasters, like a flood or fire, or traumatic events, like domestic abuse or rape. Intentional human causes are the most difficult to recover from, followed by unintentional human causes. Acts of nature are the least complex and typically resolve more quickly than the other types of causes (Schiraldi, Glenn R.). Intentional human causes can be anything from sexual, physical, and emotional abuse to witnessing a homicide. Unintentional human causes can be anything from wrecks and crashes to surgical damage to body or loss of body part. Acts of Nature can be anything from a hurricane to the sudden loss of a family member or friend. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder often develops in the wake of exposure to a multitude of

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