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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Jack DiFabio Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that results from personally experiencing or witnessing some type of traumatic event. Examples of events that cause PTSD include a natural disaster, a terrorist attack, a violent crime, war/combat, or a tragic accident. PTSD effects 3.5% of the population of the United States. PTSD has been a disorder that people have experienced since the beginning of time. Writings that are thousands of years old, including the Bible, write about solders who had fright and visions of killed comrades after returning from war that are examples of PTSD. During the Industrial Revolution, doctors could not explain the reactions of people who saw or lived through devastating railroad accidents. During World War I, soldiers had “shell shock” and during World War II they had “combat fatigue”. After the Vietnam War, 1980 to be exact, the term Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was first used in the third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-lll) published by the American Psychiatric Association. Symptoms of PTSD are different for each person who has it. A person has to have the symptoms

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