Stress Disorder : Ptsd Or Posttraumatic Syndrome Essay

788 Words Sep 18th, 2015 4 Pages
osttraumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD or Posttraumatic syndrome, is a disease that affects individuals who have been exposed to different types of trauma, and more specifically, soldiers and veterans who have been exposed to war. According to the Wounded Warrior Project, “as of September 1, 2015, 400,000 military personnel are dealing with posttraumatic stress disorder, and unfortunately, more women will be exposed than men”, (woundedwarriorproject.org). Many of today’s veterans and current soldiers experience the disorder. “ About 52% of American soldiers from the war in Vietnam, Desert Storm, and the war in Afghanistan”, (National Institutes of Health Plus magazine), combined, suffer from PTSD. Symptoms of PTSD include, flash backs, insomnia, nightmares, and fits of anger. Furthermore, everyday activities such as going out with friends and family, or driving, puts these individuals at high risk to be involved in accidents. Simplistic events like going to see fireworks and/or going out to the movies can cause an individual with PTSD to have flashbacks that they are, in fact, engaging in war. As I stated earlier, PTSD has negative cognitive effects and usually veterans turn to heavy drinking and or drug related activities. Put together with feelings of inefficacy, this often leads to poor decision-making practices and soldiers and veterans attempt to operate motor vehicles, which most of the time, result in car accidents that can be fatal.
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