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What is PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder)?

Prior to researching domestic violence, I equated PTSD with wars, such as Viet Nam. I have never served in the military, although I have heard many horror stories. I believe my oldest brother who went AWOL suffered from PTSD, resulting from the Viet Nam war, and the wars he experienced growing up in my mother’s house.

PTSD has been defined as a “psychiatric disorder,” which may lead some people to conclude that the affected party is “crazy,” or perhaps mentally unstable. There is a lot of “crazy making” in our homes today, but this doesn’t mean that people who experience traumatic events are candidates for mental hospitals. Somewhere in their lives, the logical pattern of growth was stifled, confusion set in, and rational reasoning was interrupted.


Many studies have shown that people who experience domestic violence and abuse may also suffer from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. In essence, the disorder is brought on by situations whereby the sufferer experienced emotional trauma and pain that proved unbearable over time. Either those diagnosed with PTSD witnessed “life-threatening events,” or experienced them first hand. Numerous survivors of traumatic situations are able to move on with their lives in a normal fashion eventually. On the other hand, countless survivors may need professional help in unraveling painful dealings to find the truth – they were not the cause, or the blame.


Along with military combat, natural disasters, terrorist situations such as 911, accidents, and physical or sexual assaults are noted for the onset of PTSD. Children are most vulnerable, for they cannot process trauma such as molestation in a rational manner – there is no rationality for such an atrocity. Even a rape victim will most likely blame themselves, and will not comprehend the evil of power and control on the part of the perpetrator. Traumatic events are usually internalized, and produce various ills of the mind.



Growing up with violence and alcoholism produces symptoms of PSTD, here are just a few of them:

·        Nightmares

·        Flashbacks

·        Depression

·        Anxiety

·        Feelings of detachment

·        Alienation

·        Inability to let go of the trauma

·        Emotional numbness

·        Anger

·        Lack of concentration

·        Physical symptoms (headaches, stomach problems, etc)



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