Ptsd Essay

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An Argument for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder In Combat Veterans Ulyssa D. Hicks Writing for the Health Sciences Professor Paige McDonald December 13, 2010 Introduction Historical data from the Vietnam War tells us that a significant amount of Soldiers that deploy to combat zones are most likely to develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). According to mental health professionals, PTSD is an anxiety disorder associated with serious traumatic events such as physical or psychological events caused by a human such as rape, war or terrorist attack. Symptoms that last more than a month include anger, difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep, survivor guilt, reliving trauma in flashbacks or nightmares, numbness and isolation or recurrent thoughts and images. As a lesson learned, the transition back from the combat zone to home front now begins with a Post Deployment Health Assessment (PDHA) that is mandatory for all Soldiers to complete (Slone and Friedman, 2008). This process is later followed up by a Post Deployment Health Re-Assessment three to six months later (Slone and Friedman, 2008), which is a more in-depth physical and mental health assessment that provides service members an opportunity to identify any issues that they may be experiencing in the event they choose to share the information. Soldiers diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are often times misdiagnosed and given the wrong treatments. For example, during mass PDHRAs, Health Care Providers are sometimes contracted out to expedite the screening process so because a “civilian” that is not a veteran let alone a combat veteran is conducting the screening process, the Soldier doesn’t feel the connection and does not open up. It is what the Soldier doesn’t say that

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