The Effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder on Vietnam War Soldiers

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is caused by an experience of loss and is usually linked to an extraordinary situation. A diagnosis of PTSD is usually limited to those who have actually suffered through a traumatic experience. This is why this disorder has been linked to war time situations, especially those that have been long engagements in conflict and of which have been severely violent as well.


Vietnam Veterans have suffered for years with this disorder but there was a time where they suffered in isolation and received barely any recognition from the medical world with regard to having a legitimate mental illness and needing help (Beall 1997, pg. 917). Now however, in current day there is obvious attention to this type of mental disturbance and soldiers who have gone and not received therapy in the past are now getting significant amounts of quality care in order to try and bring back some sense of decency and good in their lives. There is still a lot of study that needs to be given to this mental illness but many questions have been solved through much of the research in the past and present that has been carried out.
The history of PTSD was initially identified during the Viet-Nam era although instances of it existed before then. Both American soldiers and Vietnamese soldiers suffered and do still suffer with PTSD in their lives. ...
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