Running Head: Signature Assignment
A Cry for Help
A combat soldier has just returned home to his girlfriend. One day he told his girlfriend "If I hurt you, I'm sorry. If I kick you in my sleep, I'm sorry. If I wake up trying to kill you, please run and get the hell out." From these emotional and touching words of a war veteran, would many of our experts say that he has posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? Or this person is suffering from general psychiatric disorder? This is one of many reasons why PTSD or posttraumatic stress disorder is so controversial and often not diagnosed. Some may argue that PTSD is not a real diagnosis. They may say that it's just anxiety depression; he will come out of it eventually. How many combat soldiers have PTSD? Are they being diagnosed and being treated correctly? Should they receive Purple Heart award for PTSD related illness? Should our PTSD war veterans get benefits and compensation? Many of our United States military men and women are coming back from the war, from being deployed for a few months or for many years.
Many of them were coming back with visible physical injuries such as gunshot wound, missing limbs, and the worst of it all coming back dead. As a health care provider that works and serves our veterans, physical injuries and trauma were not the only wounds that I have seen among our veterans. I can testify that PTSD is a real diagnosis and it is true that PTSD were often not diagnosed.
What is the definition of PTSD? In 1980, it was officially accepted the diagnosis of PTSD by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychological Association 3rd Edition (APA3rd). It was then revised in 1987...