Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome Analysis

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A soldier returns from war. He finds it hard to sleep at night, to eat, and to function. Images of the war haunt his memory. Guilt consumes him, and when he can’t take anymore, he seeks help, is given the diagnosis of Post-Traumatic War Syndrome and receives treatment. After nine months of pregnancy, a woman gives birth to her baby. Suddenly she is overcome with an overwhelming sadness. She doesn’t smile at her new baby, desire to hold him, or feel a strong connection between them. The desire to be a good mother haunts her. The sadness consumes her, and when she can’t take anymore, she seeks help, is given the diagnosis of Post-Partum Depression and also receives treatment. A teenage girl discovers she’s pregnant. Scared and alone, she makes…show more content…
The event may involve someone's actual death or a threat to the patient's or someone else's life, serious physical injury, or threat to physical and/or psychological integrity, to a degree that usual psychological defenses are incapable of coping. Characteristic symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder include: recurrent and intrusive distressing recollections and/or dreams of the event, sudden acting or feeling as if the traumatic event were recurring (flashbacks), and, intense psychological distress at exposure to events that symbolize or resemble an aspect of the traumatic event, including anniversaries of the trauma; persistent avoidance of stimuli associated with the trauma, emotional numbness and an inability to feel emotions of any type, recurrent nightmares and sleep disturbances. Post-Abortion Stress Syndrome can be catagorized as a form of Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome with over 100 negative symptoms reported by women who have undergone abortions. These symptoms include severe feelings of denial, grief, depression, anxiety, irrability, and self-hatred. Women may feel these emotions more strongly on the anniversary of the abortion, expected delivery date or the baby’s birth date. Women suffering with PASS become consumed with these emotions and as a result are incapable of living normal, functioning lives. Due to the lack of rescources and treatment available, some women turn to drugs and alcohol for temporary relief while others give in to suicide as a permanent

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