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Is Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome a Likely Side Effect of War?

After the war, American soldiers returned to the States with a pamphlet called “Coming Home.” Among other things, it describes symptoms which the traumatized soldiers might have after they returned to their families.

Today, we use the words Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (or Disorder) to describe such a condition.

Louis Zamperini had the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, after he returned home, but he disregarded them. He did not seek help until his symptoms worsened dramatically.

Do you think that Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome is a likely side effect of war? Why, or why not?

How likely is it that someone who has been traumatized, such as soldiers enduring the endless tragedy of war, might resist getting treatment for their symptoms?  Explain your answer.

Do you think that people living in war zones, but not fighting as soldiers, equally face the potential of developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? If so, what can be done to help them?


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