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Great Intro to the Subject
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
I had not studied Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) previously and this class really conveyed a great understanding of the struggles many people have due to childhood, or adult, trauma. Some think that PTSD only relates to war veterans, but it actually affects many other people (i.e., those who have experienced childhood abuse, those who have been victims of sexual assault, etc.). I believe this class not only gave me insight, but also gave me a new compassion for those suffering from PTSD.
I learned many things, including how to work with someone who has experienced trauma, whether they have full-blown PTSD or are just experiencing some of the symptoms. PTSD affects much of our population, but many people are so ashamed of it they do not ask for help. I would like the stigma of PTSD, and mental health issues in general, to be eliminated so that those who need to heal are willing and able to get the help they so greatly deserve. This class made that very real for me. Also, the book that we read, "The Body Keeps the Score," was amazing!
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I would highly recommend this course. Professor Putman is kind, gracious, intelligent and a really good teacher. It was absolutely my favorite class of last semester and, perhaps, this entire year.