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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close- Ptsd in Oscar Essay

  • Submitted by: MaFiuh
  • on January 1, 2013
  • Category: Social Issues
  • Length: 2,093 words

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PTSD After Traumatic Events
            How has your life been affected by 9/11? In the novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer, Oskar struggles mentally with his dad’s death as he develops PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and appears to be normal on the outside but inside is having a rough time dealing and trying to overcoming it, much as other kids who suffered from the tragedy of 9/11. Agoraphobia and fear of terrorist attacks are two components of PTSD that a high percent of the people diagnosed deal with.
According to MedicineNet.com, “Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an emotional illness that that is classified as an anxiety disorder.” People such as Oskar suffer from this illness because of a traumatic event that occurred in their lifetime that they aren’t able to overcome. MedicineNet states in their own definition that:      
“…fear, may cause PTSD. Such events often include either experiencing or witnessing a severe accident or physical injury, receiving a life-threatening medical diagnosis, being the victim of kidnapping or torture, exposure to war combat or to a natural disaster, exposure to other disaster (for example, plane crash) or terrorist attack…”.
They also talk about some of the effects PTSD has on a person’s daily life, “PTSD sufferers re-experience the traumatic event or events in some way, tend to avoid places, people, or other things that remind them of the event (avoidance), and are exquisitely sensitive to normal life experiences (hyper arousal)”. With PTSD such simple daily activities we do or places we go, isn’t possible for many people and most of them cant overcome their fear whatever it is. Treatment for PTSD varies on the person and how they deal with it. Like many other diseases, some people are able to overcome it easier than others and some it takes years or their not able to cure it:...

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