What Do War Veterans And Natural Disaster Survivors? Essay

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What do war veterans and natural disaster survivors have in common? They mostly will have emotional and physical trauma sticking with them after the event. It can stick with some so long they would classify as having post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Holden Caulfield from Catcher in the rye has many similarities to PTSD both mentally and physically. Holden may have PTSD but what is PTSD? Fight or flight is a normal response to protect people from harm but in PTSD it happens to someone even when there is not the danger of harm. In post-traumatic stress disorder, this reaction is damaged or changed. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they are no longer in danger. PTSD develops after a traumatizing event that involved physical harm or the threat of it. The person to develop PTSD may be the one who was harmed or someone who watched a stranger or loved ones in a harmful event.
PTSD was first brought to public attention in relation to war veterans, but it can result from a variety of traumatic incidents, such as mugging, rape, torture, being kidnapped or held captive, child abuse, car accidents, train wrecks, plane crashes, bombings, or natural disasters such as floods or earthquakes (Nation Institute of Mental Health).
PTSD occurs from a assortment of different traumatic events. This means that there are a variety of events that can cause PTSD and not just one set rhyme or reason. Holden has a traumatic event which was the death of his…

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