There are many reasons for debate over the topic of Post Traumatic Stress Dissorder, thought the main one is; Do veterans and/or active duty soldiers suffering from PTSD get adiquite heath care?

Why Is There Such debate?

The reason for the debate is that of ethics; is PTSD exaggerated, used for financial reasons, or is it simply a real widely suffered mental disorder?

History of PTSD

PTSD was first discovered in 1919, when soldiers from World War I returned home, physically and psychologically exhausted. During combat, the condition was known as “shell shock”; this was due to the belief that it was caused by a soldier's proximity to an exploding artillery shell (“Post Traumatic Stress Disorder”). During this time, the government's main concern was ending the war, as a result, soldiers were only helped enough for them to function properly when sent back into the battlefield. When the war was over, because “shell shock” was thought of as short term, soldiers were not taken care of correctly. It was not until after WWII and the Vietnam War in the late 1970’s, that “shell shock”, now labeled PTSD, was in the loosest terms, recognized (“Post traumatic Stress Disorder”).

My Position?

I think that Soldiers/Veterans do NOT receive adequate health care from the VA.

For? Or Against?

The arguments are as follows:

  1. Do veterans/soldiers receive proper healthcare?
  2. Are the statistics of soldiers/veterans suffering from PTSD real?
  3. Are certain drugs appropriate for mental disrders?
Should marijuana be used as a possible "cure" for PTSD?

How Could This Affect Our Future Society?

Learning about PTSD can make people more aware of the pain our soldiers have been through, and what they're going through now. If, in the future, civilians learn about PTSD, we might learn to respect our soldiers more, as heros. This will not have much of an impact, but healing them will. There will be less suicides from the stress, and less families will suffer through tragedy.

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