PTSD In Survivors

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The Holocaust was a time when people gave everything they had in order to survive. The ones that made it out alive continued to fight after liberation and their fight continues today. Every survivor was impacted in a way unimaginable and in a way that most may never understand. Survivors did not have an easy time after liberation because they had nothing to call their own, which dramatically impacted them emotionally, physically, and mentally.

Being liberated after surviving one of the worst genocides in the history of the world, seems like it would be a good thing. For many survivors, they saw liberation as a scary and lonely thing. When survivors were liberated from concentration camps, large amounts died from eating too much. Since they
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Most survivors experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is common with soldiers who have been in war and seen things most people do not see every day. The PTSD in survivors is from the concentration camps and ghettos because they saw things people should not see. The post-traumatic stress syndrome is still with survivors decades later. Many survivors after the war were shattered from what had happened to them. How survivors tried to recover was by marrying other survivors. This was proven to be very beneficial towards the survivors well being since they have someone to relate, talk to and then survivors do not feel completely alone (Goleman, Daniel. “Holocaust Survivors Had Skills To Prosper.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 5 Oct. 1992, www.nytimes.com/1992/10/06/science/holocaust-survivors-had-skills-to-prosper.html?pagewanted=all.) When survivors kept silent instead of talking, it messed up their psychological well being. By keeping their memories and stories to themselves, many began to feel isolated. This was another struggle added to everything they had already been through. Keeping what was stuck in their brain to themselves also affected the new family life that they had just recently developed. Survivors somewhat withdrew from their families because they just could not do it and they felt like they had too much to deal with. Many also had to deal with nightmares, thoughts of death, panic attacks, depressed moods, angry outbursts, feeling helpless, stress guilt, etc (Williams, Sandra S. The Impact of The Holocaust on Survivors and Their Children www.sandrawilliams.org/HOLOCAUST/holocaust.html.). The psychological effects on survivors were tragic and impacted them very severely. Survivors are also unable to fully recover until they accept what happened. Until they accept that some are all of their loved

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