Ptsd Essay

2880 Words Dec 20th, 2014 12 Pages
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is often associated with war veterans. These days, assuming symptoms of PTSD in soldiers returning from combat tours is almost stereotypical. In fact, in the 2012 American Psychological Association (APA) annual meeting, some argue to change PTSD to post-traumatic stress “injury” to be more accommodating to soldiers, and to resolve the issue of unreported PTSD-related symptoms within military ranks (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). Military officials explained that many soldiers do not report their symptoms because of the fear of being viewed as weak (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). However, the incidence of PTSD can be as common among civilians as it is for those in the military. …show more content…
In anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorders, symptoms are often associated with persistent irrational thoughts involving fear of an object or an event that can occur but the probability of it actually producing the usually exaggerated feared outcome is slim to none. In PTSD, the symptoms ensuing onset of the disorder can also be anxiety and fear-based but they are more closely associated with emotional distress caused by an actual exposure to or real occurrence of a traumatic or stressful experience such as assault, accidents or receiving fire in combat (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). The same holds true for reactive attachment disorder, disinhibited social engagement disorder, acute stress disorder, and adjustment disorders. In reactive attachment disorder and disinhibited social engagement disorder, the emotional distress is caused by “inappropriate attachment behaviors” while the traumatic experience is identified as “social neglect” during early childhood (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). In reactive attachment disorder, the child often refuses to seek comfort from an adult or parent figure when in distress, whereas in disinhibited social engagement disorder, it is the other way around—the child tends to overly seek attention and comfort not just from

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