Combat Related PTSD
September 24, 2010
Combat Related PTSD: Real or Imagined
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can develop after a traumatic experience, for example, a rape, natural disaster, violent crime, or war. People with PTSD can have flashbacks of the traumatic event, nightmares, difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, hyper vigilance, and an aggravated startle response. Depression is one of the main byproducts of PTSD. There is no definitive treatment, nor is there a cure for PTSD, though there are a variety of therapies that can help relieve symptoms. There are theories that PTSD can be cured or that it is not a true psychological disorder; I plan to prove that it is an actual disorder and that it cannot be cured.
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) officially added PTSD to its Diagnostic Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) around 1980, though it has probably been around for centuries. There are certain criteria that have to be met, according to the DSM in order for PTSD to be diagnosed. These criteria are:
* A person has been exposed to an event involving actual or perceived death or injury. This event must be characterized by intense fear for the safety of one’s self, family, or another person.
* The length of the PTSD symptoms must last at least a month.
* The person experiences considerable occupational, social or other suffering as a result of the PTSD.
* The person tends to be in a condition of hyper arousal that results in them being startled very easily and being vigilant to the point of paranoia.
* The characteristic symptoms resulting from the experience to the severe trauma include relentless re-living of the traumatic event, unrelenting avoidance of stimuli associated with the trauma and numbing of common responsiveness, and persistent symptoms of amplified arousal.
There are many other symptoms of PTSD that are not used by the...