Ms. F. Mendiola
Cause and Effect Essay -Final
June 27, 2011
Cause and Effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
I decided to write my essay on the causes and effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) because this topic affects me personally in addition to several of my close friends. I have been to a combat zone twice; both times were in different provinces of Iraq. There were several times when events that had happened would not be considered normal. The phrase, “This is a normal response to an abnormal situation,” was used often by military chaplains and therapists when talking to service members who just witnessed traumatic events. I hope that by the end of this essay I would have brought more understanding and compassion to this affliction.
First, I will discuss what is PTSD. There are several names for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In the Civil War, it was known as “Soldiers Heart. " In World War I, it was called “Combat Fatigue." In World War II, it was called “Gross Stress Reaction," and in Vietnam it was known as “Post Vietnam Syndrome.” PTSD has also been called “Shell Shock” and “Battle Fatigue” (Drayden-Edwards and Stoppler).
PTSD has been around for a very long time and has been known by different names, but the affects are the same. The definition of PTSD, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs, is as follows “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can occur after you have been through a traumatic event" (http://www.ptsd.va.gov).
PTSD is not a disease that can be transmitted; it is not something that just goes away like a normal cold. It affects a person's well being and changes them personally and emotionally. PTSD affects the mind and the way a person views the world around them. For some, everyone is a combatant or a threat. However, for most individuals it just means a heightened sense of awareness, the constant knowing...