So What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD?

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases ESV – Psalm 103:1–3

Definition

Hathaway, Boals, and Banks report, “To qualify for a diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth edition (DSM-IV) requires that individuals report experiencing dominant emotions of fear, helplessness, and horror during the trauma.”[1] “In 2000, the American Psychiatric Association revised the PTSD diagnostic criteria in the fourth edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR).[2] Unlike previous wars, today’s media has capitalized on exposing war for what it really is or what it has been. “Recent reports and increasing media attention have prompted intense scrutiny and examination of these injuries.”[3] The terrorist’s attacks on September 11, 2001, have significantly impacted this country. According to Karner, in his article called, “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Older Men: If Only Time Healed All Wounds” mentions that PTSD was first recorded in the 1980 publication of the DSM-III.[4] It set a course of military action as the United States declared war on any country connected to terrorism. For Veterans who have returned home from war, worry about the transition from the military to civilian life. Where they had once held a job before entering the military, the return home promises nothing. The once planned future has now become a dream; the future has become uncertain.

King David wrote, ...He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. God can forgive and heal you. Are you ready to give it all to Him?

[1] Lisa M. Hathaway, Adriel Boals, and Jonathan B. Banks. “PTSD Symptoms and Dominant Emotional Response to a Traumatic Event: An Examination of DSM-IV Criterion A2.” Anxiety, Stress & Coping 23, no. 1 (2010): 119.

[2] American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Revised 4th ed. (Washington, DC: 2000). http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/pages/dsm-iv-tr-ptsd.asp.

[3] Terri Tanielian, Lisa H. Jaycox, Terry L. Schell, Grant N. Marshall, M. Audrey Burnam, Christine Eibner, Benjamin R. Karney, Lisa S. Meredith, Jeanne S. Ringel and Mary E. Vaiana. Invisible Wounds of War: Summary and Recommendations for Addressing Psychological and Cognitive Injuries. (Santa Monica, CA: RAND) Corporation, 2008): 1. http://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/MG720z

[4] Tracy Xavia Karner. “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Older Men: If Only Time Healed All Wounds.” Generations 32, no. 1 (2008), 82.

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