Ptsd : Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Essay

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PTSD: Post-traumatic stress disorder

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that affects multitudes of people. It doesn’t just affect a certain age group or a certain race, no, it can happen to any one of us. Some people may not think PTSD is such a big deal or a big problem, but they’re wrong because it has the ability to affect all of us. Nearly eight percent of Americans will experience PTSD at some point in their lives. “Women have twice the chance to get PTSD than men with women having a 10.4% chance and men having a 5% chance” (PTSD: Symptoms, Self-Help, and Treatment.). These numbers may seem small to people who don’t have PTSD, but look at it through the eyes of that 10.4% or the eyes of that 5%. This is a serious mental illness and it shan’t be taken lightly.

SYMPTOMS

To confirm that you have PTSD, it requires a medical diagnosis. The symptoms include, but are not limited to, flashbacks, nightmares and anxiety. The behavior of the patient, diagnosed with PTSD, will result in agitation, irritability, hostility, hypervigilance, self-destructive, or social isolation (Mayo Clinic Staff). So with the information given above you, as yourself or the reader, cannot just say that you have post traumatic stress disorder. A doctor must diagnose you. Flashbacks, nightmares, and anxiety are the most common symptoms but not all of them. Different people are affected differently so they won’t all have the same symptoms. There are different effects as well…

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