The National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study

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Post-traumatic stress disorder which in short is referred to PTSD, is a disorder that occurs in a person who has experienced something very traumatic like death, or a scary situation that has resulted in making them feel afraid or sick to a point they can’t function. PTSD occurs in 7 or 8 out of every 100 people in the country, but not every person whom suffers from PTSD developed it from experiencing a traumatic situation (Loo, PhD, 2016). The reality is that if you were a direct victim of a crime, in which you suffered physically or witnessed a trauma taking place that changed your perception of whether or not your life is in danger. Then you have a strong likely hood of experiencing some form or level of PTSD. Sufferers …show more content…
This ethnic divide allowed for the evidence that shows more Vietnam Veterans are victims of PTSD than others. The National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study, is one of many that showed these factors between the different minority groups after they leave the service (Loo, PhD, 2016). This study was performed in the 0’s and at that time the rates for PTSD Hispanic victims was 28%, while the rates were 21% for the African Americans and 14% for the White American veterans (Loo, PhD, 2016). These survivors of war tend to develop various medical problems that stem from the PTSD, like drug addictions, alcoholism, along with depression and possible suicide. They drink and use drugs to temporary relieve themselves of the symptoms of PTSD. But the relief is short lived when the effects of the addiction wear off, they are left feeling the same fears, and problems they tried to run from (Smith, M.A., Robinson, & Segal, Ph.D, 2016). Suicide is common, however some victims are unable to follow through with it and this leaves the family to handle the aftermath of those decisions and work through the things that brought their loved one to this point of self-doubt. This can be done through attending group counseling for not just the PTSD survivor but the family to allow healing and understanding of what caused them to develop PTSD. And how to manage living with the many stressors that can trigger the feelings of fear that their life is in danger all the time (Smith, M.A., Robinson, & Segal, Ph.D, 2016). This will allow for the family to grow together and communicate better to stay involved in constant things that will enable positive thinking and reduce negative reaction to the perceptions that people with PTSD deal with. There are services for the children of PTSD victims, the behaviors of a parent with this illness become mimicked by

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