Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Essay

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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Have you ever heard of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? Well posttraumatic stress disorder is an anxiety disorder (Cameron 2007). It develops after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. The traumatic events are rape, robbery, car accidents, plane crashes ,torture, kidnapping, childhood physical abuse, neglect, or any sexual molestation and several other events . PTSD, develops after a terrifying experience, that involves physical harm or the threat of physical harm.The individual that develops PTSD, may have been the one who was harmed or it could have happened to a loved one. Also a person could have witnessed a harmful event that happened to either a loved one or themselves or a stranger (www.NIHM.com).. There are several symptoms like reliving the traumatic event, having the feeling of shame and guilt, having disturbed dreams, along with avoiding to think about the event, avoiding to talk about it, feeling emotional numb and irritable (Cameron 2007). Also feeling angry, staying or pursuing in abusive relationships, engaging in self - destructive behaviors such as drinking or placing oneself in danger. Individuals who suffer from (PTSD) also have symptoms such as having trouble sleeping and concentration, having memory problems, having the feeling of hopelessness about the future, and seeing and hearing things that are not really there. These symptom can disappear for years at a time and then sneak right back up on you when a symbolic trigger appears. In the article it described an individual named Jeri, who was 28 years old. Jeri was sexually molested by her uncle at the age of 10, so in result of that she has worked hard to bury the fear of how she felt. To get away from her uncle, Jeri had moved half- way across the country and started her life over. When Jeri gets into relationships, they don't last since

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