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Harris 1Karly HarrisProfessor McevoyENGL 1C-8114208 November 2020Impact of PTSD on Student EducationPost Traumatic Stress Disorder manifests itself differently amongst each individual whohas been diagnosed.PTSD can occur after a traumatic event has happened. PTSD essentiallytriggers the “fight or flight” response in a person’s symapthetic nervous system, which ultimatelyresults in a reaction when a person is stressed, or “triggered”. Unfortunately, like other mentalillnesses, PTSD can interfere with everyday life, and can create a barrier. Henceforth, PTSDimpacts one of the most vital parts of everyday life, and that is learning. By examining thehardship of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and how it intereferes with education, PTSDtherefore creates a universal barrrier on a student’s ability to learn.Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, can affect those who have ever experienced orwitnessed a traumatic event. These events may include sexual assault, death of a loved one,natural disaster, combat situation or any life threatening situation. As the website organizationwritten by Shannon Lee, College Students with PTSD:Support & Coping Techniques for aPositive Education Experience, states on their wesbite that there are two main categories ofpeople who suffer from PTSD--Veterans of the Armed Forces, and those who have experiencedtrauma and extreme violence. A study posted on the PTSD in College website states that “theEastern Colorado Healthcare System found that up to 17 percent of college students suffer fromPTSD; that’s much higher than the incidence of PTSD found in the general population.”Seventeen percent of college students are faced with the effects of PTSD each day. There is a
Harris 2great chance that students in the classroom have been impacted by trauma that has resulted inPTSD. Those who have been diagnosed with PTSD may experience agitation, self isolation, selfdestructive behavior, insomnia, flashbacks, nightmares, guilt, depression and an avoidance ofanything that may trigger a memory related to the event (Lee). These symptoms are important torecognize in students who have PTSD in order to comprehnd how PTSD impacts their life on adaily basis.PTSD symtpoms have been found to fluncuate during a student’s first year in college.This happens when a student is trying to adjust to the change of a new place, routine, and people.There may be triggers of PTSD that the student may not expect (Lee). This can create stress for astudent, and can be distracting when trying to adjust to college and focus on schoolwork. Forsome, getting used to crowded college classrooms may be a stressor for someone with PTSD, aswell as noises and changes of routine. Overall, it is essential for a student with PTSD to have astrong support system that they can lean into when they are feeling triggered and stressed out.

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