Combat Related PTSD

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Combat Related PTSD Jennifer Watkins Soc 203 Professor Rollings 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…show more content…
There are also many causes of PTSD, from victims of child abuse; people affected by terrorist attacks, violent crime victims, to war situations. The focus of this paper is on combat or war time post traumatic stress disorder. Combat-related PTSD has a higher lifetime frequency for men than women. It has a larger probability of delayed inception, sometimes decades, and has a much greater chance of not being agreeable to treatment, so combat post traumatic stress disorder seems to be a particularly toxic form of PTSD. “Veterans with PTSD have greater problems holding a job, in terms of unemployment and being fired; greater problems in terms of marriage, both divorce and separation or spousal abuse; poor health; increased limitations to physical function; and more likely to perpetrate violence” (Friedman,…show more content…
It is hard, however, to get through each day while being a sufferer of PTSD. There are many treatments available for post traumatic disorder. "Two SSRIs [selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors] are approved for treatment of PTSD. There is also definitive evidence for the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy [CBT], including prolonged exposure therapy and cognitive processing therapy. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing is somewhat controversial but also supported by clinical trial data” (Kelly, 2006). CBT is a treatment which involves changing the thinking patterns of the patient to improve symptoms. Cognitive behavioral therapy shows patients to react differently to the circumstances and bodily sensations that trigger panic attacks and other anxiety symptoms. However, patients also learn to understand how their thinking patterns add to their symptoms and how to change their thoughts so that symptoms are less likely to

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