Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has been recognized globally as a disorder which is not only common among individuals who have experienced traumatic events, but is also considered a normal response by normal people who have been in abnormal situations. Our external environment can trigger an associated memory causing an individual to experience anxiety like symptoms, and if the symptoms are severe enough they can be classified as PTSD. PTSD is a disorder an individual can learn to control and eventually overcome with help of professionals, family, friends and most importantly, self.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: PTSD
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or more commonly known as PTSD, “is characterized by the reexperiencing of an extremely traumatic event accompanied by symptoms of increased arousal and by avoidance of stimuli associated with the trauma.” (American Psychiatric Association, 2000, p. 252) There are various aspects of PTSD, and the disorder affects millions of people each year. PTSD is classified as an anxiety disorder resulting from an overwhelmingly stressful and often violent event or events, such as abuse, rape or war. “Unlike most other disorders, PTSD is only diagnosed in the aftermath of particular types of life events that meet two specifications: seriousness of the trauma and subjective response.” (Patricia A. Resick & Karen S. Calhoun, 2001, p. 66) These events are generally sudden and are thought of as being dangerous to the individual sufferer of PTSD or others. The symptoms of this disorder make sense because the traumatic event has surpassed normal coping responses and many report feeling deeply changed by the traumatic experience.
PTSD has been documented throughout history, but the classification of the disorder is still relatively new. It was not until 1980 that PTSD became a category in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, third edition....