Post Traumatic Stress
Disorder (PTSD) is a term often used to describe a variety of
psychological problems and readjustment-to-life problems (marital
difficulties, work problems, alcohol abuse etc) exhibited by persons who
have experienced a traumatic event. Warfare and combat are often the
triggers of PTSD, called "battle fatigue" or "shell shock" in the past.
Research indicates that a substantial number of Vietnam veterans suffer
from some form of PTSD.
Various studies have
concluded that many Vietnam veterans have suffered with the affects of
PTSD at some point in their lives. One study has concluded that a large
majority of Vietnam veterans continued to struggle with chronic PTSD 25
years after their experience in Vietnam.
Veterans are able to obtain
help in dealing with the disorder from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Professional counseling and treatment can be effective in reducing the
impact of PTSD for those who suffer from it.
The social support provided
by sensitive family members and loved ones is also an important component
in reducing the effects of PTSD.
TOP's tours of Vietnam have
been carefully designed to also assist veterans and their families to
reduce the anguish of PTSD.
For More Information:
The Vietnam War and Vietnam Veterans
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