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American Lit PTSD Paper

American Lit PTSD Paper

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American LiteratureMackenzie W.Mr. Steiner November 9, 2013Post-raumatic Stress !isor"er in #e$ation to %$ess Me, &$tima b' #u"o$(o Ana'a)n $i(e t*ere are man' terri('in+ or"ea$s t*at can torment eo$e (or 'ears. Parents +ettin+ a "ivorce can c*an+e *o t*e c*i$"ren see $i(e-$on+ commitments. Ma'be t*at c*i$" *o *a" t*e "ivorce" arents as so a((ecte" t*at s*e (oun" out *er traumatic eerience $e" to not bein+ ab$e to kee a stea"' re$ations*i an" *avin+ trust issues. )t on$' takes one ma/or eerience to a$ter someones state o( min" (or t*e rest o( t*eir $i(e. *is is *ere Post-raumatic Stress !isor"er sets in.Post-raumatic Stress !isor"er is a "isease t*at messes it* a ersons s'c* Mi(($in. )t can occur a(ter someone *as been t*rou+* or itnesse" a traumatic event. Wit* PS!, t*is event ma' come back to *aunt t*e in"ivi"ua$ *o ent t*rou+* a "i((icu$t or"ea$. )n"ivi"ua$s *o are "ia+nose" it* PS! *ave to $earn to "ea$ it* tri++ers t*at set o(( memories t*at can make t*em start to (ee$ uncom(ortab$e, scare", t*reatene", or even make t*em *arm(u$ to ot*ers aroun" t*em. *ere are to "i((erent t'es o( PS! tri++ers, one bein+ interna$ an" t*e ot*er eterna$. W*i$e bot* en" u it* t*e same resu$ts --- t*e erson su((erin+ *avin+ a anic attack, $as*in+ out, stuck in a memor', etc.--- t*ese tri++ers are etreme$' "i((erent Mi(($in.)nterna$ tri++ers are eact$' as t*e name states t*e' occur it*in t*e bo"', a (ee$in+ or memor' t*at causes t*e erson to ($as*back to a time in t*eir ast *ere somet*in+ traumatic *aene" to t*em or t*e' ere resent to itness. W*i$e re$ivin+ a memor', a erson cou$" be ut back in t*e eact moment t*at it *aene" an" +o t*rou+* t*e eerience a+ain b' (ee$in+ ain t*at as in($icte" uon t*em or someone e$se. Some interna$ tri++ers inc$u"e4An+er aniet' sa"ness memories (ee$in+ $one$' (ee$in+ aban"one" (rustration (ee$in+ out o( contro$ (ee$in+ vu$nerab$e racin+ *eart-beat emotiona$ ain an" *'sica$ ain u$$. 5terna$ tri++ers are t*e com$ete oosite o( interna$ tri++ers. W*en a erson is a((ecte" b' eterna$ tri++ers, it means t*at a ($as*back *as been tri++ere" b' somet*in+ in t*eir surroun"in+s. 6or eam$e, someone cou$" sme$$ a er(ume an" be taken to t*e moment t*at t*eir $ove" one "ie" in an acci"ent. *at scent- *ic* as in t*e surroun"in+ environment-tri++ere" t*at ersons reaction an" invoke" memories o( t*e $ove" one. Some eam$es o( eterna$ tri++ers are4An ar+ument seein+ a nes artic$e t*at remin"s 'ou o( 'our traumatic event atc*in+ a movie or te$evision s*o t*at remin"s 'ou o( 'our traumatic event or is re$ate" to 'our event seein+ a car acci"ent certain sme$$s t*e en" o( a
 
re$ations*i an anniversar' *o$i"a's a seci(ic $ace or seein+ someone *o remin"s 'ou o( a erson connecte" to 'our traumatic event u$$.PS! $a's a ma/or ro$e in t*e be+innin+ o( t*e book %$ess Me, &$tima b' #u"o$(o Ana'a. Antonio, t*e rota+onist in t*e stor', *as *a" (irst-*an" eerience it* t*e "isease. 7is (rien", 8asons (at*er, *avez *as a brot*er t*at is ki$$e" b' Luito, a c*aracter t*at su((ers (rom t*e "isease. *is is Antonios (irst u c$ose $ook at "eat*. Antonio asnt resent (or *is (rien"s unc$es "eat*, but *e as at t*e riverbank an" atc*e" as Luito as c*ase" "on b' t*e tons(o$k an" s*ot to "eat*. 7e as erceive" as a t*reat an" as ut to "eat* because o( *is actions, *ic* ere a resu$t o( *is su((erin+ (rom PS! %rett. So "oes PS! make someone "an+erous: )t is a *i+*$' "ebate" toic. Some ma' sa' t*at t*ose it* t*e "isease s*ou$" be $ocke" u in a s'c*iatric *ome, *i$e ot*ers counter b' sa'in+ t*at *oever stru++$es it* PS! s*ou$" *ave (rien"s an" (ami$' near (or suort. Some ke' (actors in an a(($icte" in"ivi"ua$s actions ou$" be *at t'e o( treatment t*e in"ivi"ua$ receive". *ere are man' "i((erent t'es o( treatments t*at a atient cou$" +o t*rou+*, (rom *avin+ a t*era'-"o+, to seein+ an actua$ t*eraist, to bein+ ut on me"ications.  *ere are (our main "ru+s rescribe" *en PS! is "ia+nose". ;( course t*e amount an" t*e t'e o( me"ication varies (rom case to case an" t*e in"ivi"ua$ bein+ "ia+nose". *e (our "ru+s (a$$ into t*ese cate+ories4 anti-s'c*otics, anti"eressants, anti-aniet' me"ications, an" Prazosin. Anti-s'c*otics are use" to re$ieve aniet' rob$ems an" a$so as a s$ee ai". Anti"eressants are use" (or aniet' an" "eression, as e$$ as s$ee ai"s. Some e$$-knon anti"eressants inc$u"e <o$o(t= an" Pai$=, *ic* are bot* certi(ie" b' t*e 6!A. Anti-aniet' me"ications can be use" to re$ieve stress an" aniet'. Prazosin Miniress is use" (or s'mtoms $ike insomnia an">or recurrin+ ni+*tmares. *is me"ication *as been use" to treat *'ertension an" b$ocks t*e brains resonse to a c*emica$ t*at causes a"rena$ine ca$$e" noreine*rine Ma'o.Man' o( t*ese me"ications, esecia$$' <o$o(t= an" Pai$=, *ave been cracke" "on b' man' or+anizations t*rou+*out recent 'ears. W*en taken irresonsib$' t*ese me"ications $ea" to interna$ b$ee"in+, a""iction, "een"ence, an" eventua$$' "eat*. Si"e e((ects *ave been consi"ere" $et*a$ because t*e' *ave not a$a's been taken into consi"eration *i$e bein+ rescribe". Some common si"e e((ects are nausea, $i+*t-*ea"e"ness, s$eeiness or (ati+ue, seatin+, "r' mout*, $o se-"rive, insomnia, aniet', "een"ence, ei+*t +ain, an" suici"a$ t*ou+*ts an">or actions Ma'o.Mr. 8im Strick$an", *o *as been invo$ve" it* t*e ?A !eartment o( ?eteran A((airs an" a$so *as a back+roun" in t*e me"ica$ (ie$",rote in correson"ence to an emai$4@PS! isnt uncommon. Man' eo$e *ave PS!...not on$' veteransB)n m' "a's o( orkin+ in *osita$s, e use"to treat PS! in atients *o *a" ma/or sur+er'...
 
Ps'c*iatric me"ications use" totreat menta$ *ea$t* con"itions ma' be otent an" "i((icu$t (or someeo$e to to$erate. )ts "i((icu$t to sa' t*at oer(u$anti-s'c*otics me"ications are "an+erous to a oint t*at t*e' aremore "an+erous t*an t*e un"er$'in+ "isease.CStrick$an" *e me"ication "osa+es s*ou$" be contro$$e" b' a "octor t*at *as *a" etensive eerience it* orkin+ it* t*em. No one s*ou$" se$( me"icate or un"er>over "ose to tr' to +et better resu$ts t*e en" resu$t cou$" be "eat*. )n conc$usion, PS! is a ver' i"e-srea" "isease t*at a((ects ever'one (rom c*i$"ren to veterans returnin+ *ome (rom ar. !een"in+ on t*e severit' o( t*e case, PS! can be mi$" to etreme$' intense, bot* (or t*e one su((erin+ it* t*e "isease an" (or (ami$' an" (rien"s *o *ave to atc* t*eir $ove" one en"ure t*e *ar" times. Luito su((ere" (rom a severe case o( PS! t*at cause" *im to re$ive a memor' o( some *orror o( ar, an" in turn en"e" u costin+ *im *is $i(e *en t*e tonsmen s*ot *im "on in t*e river. PS! is a ver' serious "isease t*at man' su((er (rom, /ust $ike Luito "i". An" man' more i$$ continue to, *et*er t*e cause be ar or somet*in+ t*at *aens in or aroun" t*e *ome.

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