Ptsd : A Traumatic Event Essays

1155 Words Mar 28th, 2016 5 Pages
In 1980, PTSD was first added to the third edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III) by the American Psychiatric Association as stated by M.J. Friedman (2016). Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of a traumatic event and has many symptoms and forms of treatment. A traumatic event can be defined as a life-threatening event such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or physical or sexual assault in adult or childhood. Examples of traumatic events include military combat, violent personal assault, being kidnapped, being taken hostage, and witnessing terrorist attacks. About 60% of men and 50% of women experience a traumatic event in their lifetime. While, most people who are exposed to a traumatic event will have some of the symptoms of PTSD in the days and weeks after the event, many people may not develop PTSD after a traumatic experience. Those who begin to experience stressful reactions that do not go away or worsen have likely developed PTSD. For some people, symptoms very severe and long lasting. PTSD is classified in the DSM-IV as an anxiety disorder because those diagnosed with PTSD experience heightened anxiety symptoms. Anxiety is identified by a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. A stronger, longer-lasting response to stress, like…

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