Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Essay

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Combat Veterans Liberty University Coun 646 Abstract Post-traumatic stress disorder is a modern name given to a disease with a long history. One of the first clinical papers describing the malady was from Jacob DaCosta in 1871 that described soldiers with what he termed an “irritable heart” (Kaplan, 2007, p. 613). The disease is often marked by autonomic dysfunction and cardiac symptoms. Because of these symptoms, following the American Civil War, physicians termed it “soldier’s heart.” As the Freudian school of psychoanalysis grew in stature the disease became “traumatic neurosis.” Following the First World War, the condition was referred to as shell shock and was attributed to traumatic brain injuries. After the horrors of the Second World War the literature referred to it by yet another name: operational fatigue. It was only after the Vietnam War that the name posttraumatic stress disorder was coined, and so far the name has stuck (Kaplan, 2007, p. 613). Post-traumatic stress disorder is a modern name given to a disease with a long history. One of the first clinical papers describing the malady was from Jacob DaCosta in 1871 that described soldiers with what he termed an “irritable heart” (Kaplan, 2007, p. 613). The disease is often marked by autonomic dysfunction and cardiac symptoms. Because of these symptoms, following the American Civil War, physicians termed it “soldier’s heart.” As the Freudian school of psychoanalysis grew in stature the disease became “traumatic neurosis.” Following the First World War, the condition was referred to as shell shock and was attributed to traumatic brain injuries. After the horrors of the Second World War the literature referred to it by yet another name: operational fatigue. It was only after the Vietnam War that the name posttraumatic stress disorder was coined, and so far the

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