Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

By Saige & Kassidy

What is it?

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, also known as PTSD, is a condition that follows a traumatic event. Often, people with PTSD have persistent frightening thoughts and memories of their ordeal and feel emotionally numb, especially with people they were once close to. PTSD can occur at any age including childhood. It was once referred to as shell shock or battle fatigue brought to the attention by war veterans. People with PTSD may also have problems overcoming their fear response to thoughts,  or situations that are reminiscent of their traumatic event. Due to the hippocampus' role in memory and emotional experience, it is thought that some of the problems people with PTSD experience may lie in the hippocampus.


Symptoms for PTSD usually occurs in the first 3 months but in some cases don't appear until years after the event. Some symptoms include upsetting or disturbing memories of the event, nightmares, feelings of intense distress while reminded of trauma, instense physical reactions to the reminders of the event, difficulty falling or staying asleep, difficulty concentrating and feeling detatched from others and emotionally numb.

Causes of Disorder?

  • War
  • Natural Disasters
  • Car or plane crashes
  • Terrorist attacks
  • Sudden death of a loved one
  • Rape
  • Kidnapping
  • Assault
  • Sexual or physical abuse
  • Childhood neglect

Prevention/Treatment of Disorder

There is no real way to prevent PTSD but there are some steps you can take in order to help you overcome the traumatic event. It is important that if you or a loved one has PTSD, you need to seek help right away, the sooner PTSD is confronted the easier it is to overcome. Do not numb your feelings, it is better for you to talk about the event rather than keeping it bottled up inside.

Society/Cultural View

Our society is very understanding about PTSD when it comes to military personnel. We believe that these War Veterans put down their lives for their country, so they deserve to have our love and support. When it comes to other cases such as rape, our society blames it on those who wear revealing clothes and show off their bodies. When in actuality it is not their fault for the way they are dressed or like to express themselves. Society can be cruel and non understanding of such events.

In the part of the video we showed you, you saw how the soldier kept witnessing flashbacks/memories of his time spent in the war. You can see how it effects a soldier's every day life. No matter what they do, those traumatic events will always stay with him even though he tries to forget.


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