Veterans and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)



I made this for my second period anthropology, sociology, psychology class due on March 25th 2012.

PTSD is a potentially debilitating anxiety disorder triggered by exposure to a traumatic experience such as an interpersonal event like physical or sexual assault, exposure to disaster or accidents, combat or witnessing a traumatic event. There are three main clusters of symptoms: firstly, those related to re‐experiencing the event; secondly, those related to avoidance and arousal; and thirdly, the distress and impairment caused by the first two symptom clusters.

Treatment

Treatment can help prevent PTSD from developing after a trauma. A good social support system may also help protect against PTSD.

If PTSD does occur, a form of treatment called “desensitization” may be used.

This treatment helps reduce symptoms by encouraging you to remember the traumatic event and express your feelings about it.

Over time, memories of the event should become less frightening.

Support groups, where people who have had similar experiences share their feelings, may also be helpful.

People with PTSD may also have problems with:

Alcohol or other substance abuse

Depression

Related medical conditions

In most cases, these problems should be treated before trying desensitization therapy.

Medicines that act on the nervous system can help reduce anxiety and other symptoms of PTSD. Antidepressants, including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), can be effective in treating PTSD. Other anti-anxiety and sleep medicines may also be helpful.

Material sources:

http://winoverptsd.com/wp/tag/combat-veteran-ptsd-statistics/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001923/

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