PTSD investigative report - Adams 1 Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Blain Adams ENG 110 Barbara Law Davenport University Adams 2 Post Draumatic Stress

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Adams 1Post-traumatic Stress DisorderBlain AdamsENG 110Barbara LawDavenport UniversityDecember 20, 2016
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Adams 2Post Draumatic Stress DisorderSomething is traumatic when it is very frightening, overwhelming and causes a lotof distress. Traumatic events may include crimes, natural disasters, accidents, war or conflict, or other threats to life. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a word thrown around in the public and the media but no one has a grasp on the effects of this disorder and who is affected by it (Lilienfeld et al, 2015). Most people associate PTSD with rape and battle-scarred soldiers—and military combat is the most common cause in men—but any seemingly life-threatening event (or series of events) that overwhelms you with feelings of hopelessness and helplessness can trigger PTSD, especially if the event feels unpredictable and uncontrollable. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a condition of persistent mental and emotional stress occurring as a result of injury or severe psychological shock, typically involving disturbance of sleep and constant vivid recall of the experience, with dulled responses to others and to the outside world (Cmca, 2015). Post-traumatic or PTSD, causes stressful symptoms, such as reliving the traumaticevent. People who suffer from PTSD experience vivid flashbacks, nightmares or thoughtsof the traumatic event that come randomly throughout the day. Victims of PTSD often feel nervous or “on edge” while trying to carry out everyday basic activities such as going to work or grocery shopping (Lilienfeld et al, 2015). Feeling numb, or disconnected from the body is a common side effect of PTSD. There is also always a feeling of danger even when safe. Many people who experience PTSD turn to alcohol and drugs as a way to cope with the disorder instead of seeking professional help (Cmha,
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Adams 32015). PTSD is a disorder that develops differently from person to person; no two patients will have the same experience. Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder can take days, weeks, and months to even years before they appear. There are three main symptoms that are common throughout all PTSD victims. Re-experiencing the traumatic event is the seen throughout every patient suffering. Avoiding reminders of the trauma is extremely common because victims do notwant to suffer from reminders of the traumatic event that occurred so they are avoided at all costs. Victims of PTSD see a limited future for their selves and feel disconnected to themselves and their loved ones. Increased anxiety and emotional arousal is the third most common symptoms of PTSD. This includes, trouble sleeping, irritability or
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