PTSD In The Vietnam War Essay

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Did you know that thousands of American men died in the Vietnam War? Some people think this war was not a big deal but the loss of life American and Vietnamese makes it a big deal. Besides the loss of life, there were many emotional impacts during, and especially after, the Vietnam War. PTSD stands for post traumatic stress disorder. The soldiers, the country and the families of all the men in the war were all impacted by the war and especially by PTSD. PTSD is a really big anxiety problem that develops in some people 's minds after seeing people die or witnessing harsh things.This war was not like any other war; this war was not even planned out. After the war, a lot of men did not get the health care they needed even though they should have been guaranteed care with full insurance for both physical and emotional needs. During the Vietnam War, the emotional impact to the soldiers resulting from PTSD often having a tragic ending for those who served. Before identifying PTSD, “Nostalgia” was the term used to define a condition characterized by melancholy, incessant thinking of home, disturbed sleep or insomnia, weakness, loss of appetite, anxiety, cardiac…show more content…
A personal experience from the Vietnam War would be my grandfather. He was affected by it right after the war. He would wake up in cold sweats or yelling from a nightmare. That is one of the closest encounters with PTSD that I have experienced. PTSD is not a joke and will end badly for those who have it unless their constantly drugged up. Other Vietnam Veterans tell their stories to us today. One quote that captures the depth of war is “You can 't patch a wounded soul with a band-Aid. Another quote shows what people encounter and go through when affected by PTSD: “Some people 's lives seem to flow in a narrative; mine had many stops and starts. That 's what trauma does. It interrupts the plot. You can 't process it because it doesn 't fit with what came before or what comes afterwards.” (Quotes

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