Post Tramatic Stress Disorder

Nicole Jones
English Writing 2
Ellen Kanavy
07, October 2010

The History and Effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

There are many consequences to war and one of the most painful, deadly, and heartbreaking for
individuals who suffers from this disorder.   It is very rarely warned about, recognized, or even
concerned about disorder.   When most people think about war, we think about the money spent and
the effect it will have on our economy, the countries that will be left in ruins, the lives that will end, and
the effects the toll will take on the families.   However, we rarely hear about the effects the war will have
on the Men and Women that make it back home safely.   Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is not something
that individuals are educated about.   It is not something young soldiers are warned about at the
recruiter’s office as they eagerly sign up to defend their country.   PTSD is not a new psychiatric disorder,
its history goes back to the civil war.   However, it was not until about 20 years ago that it was named
PTSD and added to the DSM as a disorder.   Unfortunately there is not many effective ways at preventing
PTSD, but due to the large history of it, the common symptoms that are shared among sufferers, there
are treatments for this disorder and many support groups.
PTSD has been documented and has affected many soldier’s lives for as far back as the Civil War
and probably father back then that.   “Prior to the recognition of PTSD it was called battle fatigue,
Combat fatigue, Shell Shock, and Soldier’s Heart” (McGoldrick, Daniel P. “History of treatment for PTSD”.
September, 10 2010. Web. 04 October, 2010).   Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is defined
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as “an emotional illness that develops when a person is exposed to a highly dangerous, very terrifying,
Possibly life-threatening event…” (American Psychological Association. DSM IV. Web. 04 October, 2010).