PTSD Research Paper

1693 words 7 pages
Taela Butler
Miss. Sykes
English III Honors
7 April 2014
Living with Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder
Today, hundreds of thousands of service men and women and recent military veterans have seen combat. Many have been shot at, seen their buddies killed, or witnessed death up close. These are types of events that can lead to Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder ("Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD: A Growing Epidemic. “) Anyone that has gone through a traumatic event can be diagnosed with PTSD but research shows, military men and women are more susceptible to having PTSD (PTSD: A Growing Epidemic.) And, with little help from the US, many Veterans do not get the help they need or get treated for PTSD. Military men and women begin to
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They may experience depression, anxiety and even substance abuse. Attempting to cope with the challenges of caring for a loved one with PTSD can bring on those symptoms. It is hard for people with PTSD to have healthy relationships with anyone. They often have a hard time feeling or expressing positive feelings and they have a hard time keeping close relationships or trusting others. After traumas people can get wrapped up in their problems or feel emotionally numb and stop putting energy into their relationships with friends and family. Many veterans with PTSD complain of finding themselves more irritable with their families when things do not go as expected or they do not feel in control at home or in their daily lives (Coping with PTSD.) Significant others are presented with a wide variety of challenges related to their partners PTSD. Wives of PTSD-diagnosed veterans tend to take on greater responsibility for household tasks. Studies have shown partners of veterans with PTSD have a greater likelihood of developing their own mental health problems while trying to help cope with their PTSD- diagnosed partner (PTSD and the Family.)
Many military men and women do not get the help they need because they are not aware that the symptoms they are having are Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms. Many resort to alcoholism and drug abuse (Effects of Traumatic Experiences.) They are used when a


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