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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Not Just a War Veteran’s Disorder Abstract This paper explains how Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) became a recognized disorder starting with war veterans. However, there are many other traumas that occur, that can lead to symptoms of PTSD, which I intend to discuss. Such traumatic events covered are: child abuse; domestic violence; rape and sexual assault; crimes committed by strangers; vehicular accidents; suicide of a loved one; natural disasters and catastrophes; first responders; and of course, war and combat. Treatments will be briefly mentioned as well. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Not Just a War Veteran’s Disorder Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disease which frequently occurs when people witness or experience life-threatening events. Many war veterans have brought PTSD to the forefront, helping advocate for federal and state funding to help those afflicted with the disease. When most people hear the term PTSD, the first thing they think of is a war veteran. Although PTSD has been around for as long as there have been wars, war is not the only traumatic event that can lead to the disorder. Before getting into the different traumas, it is wise to know where PTSD came from and what, exactly it is. During the American Civil War, PTSD was called “irritable heart” or “nostalgia.” In World War I, it was known as “shell shock” or “hysteria.” During World War II and the Korean War, it was called “war neurosis,” “battle fatigue,” or “exhaustion.” When veterans started coming home from Vietnam, it was called “Post-Vietnam syndrome.” According to “Post-Traumatic” (2009), “…this condition has likely existed since human beings have endured trauma, PTSD has only been recognized as a formal diagnosis since 1980” (p. 1). Understanding what trauma means is key in

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