The Evolution Of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder



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War brings with it so many unfathomable horrors. One particular horror that we have misdiagnosed for decades but are finally starting to understand is post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.

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Previous Episode:

Why Are We Obsessed With War?: https://youtu.be/yHb0je9RO4s?list=PLwwOk5fvpuuKg4Ub70kEFQnO25PxpS0-a

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Sources:

War’s Long-Term Effects:
http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/broughttolife/themes/war/effects.aspx

“Soldiers not only suffered on the battlefield. Veterans often needed long-term care owing to the physical and psychological impact of war. The close proximity of people in wartime conditions meant diseases such as tuberculosis could easily spread.”

PTSD History And Overview:
http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/PTSD-overview/ptsd-overview.asp

“The risk of exposure to trauma has been a part of the human condition since we evolved as a species. Attacks by saber tooth tigers or twenty-first century terrorists have probably produced similar psychological sequelae in the survivors of such violence.”

Mental Health Consequences Of War: A Brief Review Of Research Findings:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1472271/pdf/wpa050025.pdf

“The year 2005 is significant in understanding the relationship between war and mental health. This is the 30th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam war and of the start of the war in Lebanon. Every day the media bring the horrors of the ongoing ‘war’ situation in Iraq”

Long-Term Radiation-Related Health Effects In A Unique Human Population: Lessons Learned From The Atomic Bomb Survivors Of Hiroshima And Nagasaki:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3907953/pdf/nihms548445.pdf

“On August 6 and August 9, 1945, the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki,
respectively, experienced the first and second use of atomic weapons in war. The
devastation created in the 2 cities introduced to the world a new class of weapons of mass destruction.”

The Long-Term Effects Of War Experiences On Children’s Depression In The Republic Of Croatia:
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0145213404002765

“The aim of the study was to investigate whether different levels of depressive symptoms in early adolescent boys and girls could be predicted on the basis of war experiences, perceived available social support (instrumental support, support to self-esteem, belonging and acceptance) and extraversion.”

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