PTSD- Jodi Dziedzic

I am extremely grateful that we were assigned to read this article, because it truly did bring on a new way of thinking about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and the arduous lifestyle that people who not only have PTSD but their loved ones must endure.

I am extremely grateful that we were assigned to read this article, because it truly did bring on a new way of thinking about 1. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and 2. the arduous lifestyle of people 1a.who not only have PTSD but also 2a.infect their loved ones.

I am extremely grateful that we were assigned to read this article, because it truly did bring on a new way of thinking about 1. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, 2, the arduous lifestyle of people who suffer from it, and 3. their loved ones who must endure it.

People who  have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder not only suffer an arduous lifestyle but also infect their loved ones with it.

Based off of the definition of “contagious,” I would agree that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is contagious. Not that humans literally catch the sickness that is PTSD through a sneeze or not frequently washing hands, but just by living situations. What I noted the most in the article was the information and actual existence of secondary traumatic stress. Secondary traumatic stress seems to be the key label to when someone (spouse, or child) inherits the habits of someone who has PTSD. For example the fact that Caleb and Brannan’s daughter, Katie, is already expressing characteristics of being troubled; especially at her age of only six. She expresses hostility towards her fellow classmates and is in counseling because of her attitude. Situations where children adopt similar ways of thinking and acting, or just acting wrongly for their age, because of living with someone who suffers from PTSD seems to be a prime example of the “contagiousness.”

Not to mention the fact that there is a whole community for women who live their day-to-day lives constantly watching out for their husbands and their own safety because of PTSD. Reading about Brannan’s job and volunteering to advise these wives on what to do when their war veteran husbands act up is a hard reality check for anyone who doesn’t know much about the life of a PTSD patient. I couldn’t imagine constantly being around someone who acts that way, solely because mental instability fears me deeply and I have a strong feeling my paranoia and anxiety would heighten exponentially. Let alone imagine being married and having raising a child with someone like that. I can understand how people who aren’t mentally strong enough slowly start to lose their own sanity.

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One Response to PTSD- Jodi Dziedzic

  1. davidbdale says:

    Thanks for posting, Jodi. You’ve covered a lot of important topics, but you’ve also violated the assignment by concentrating on your personal reaction to the reading. I’ve asked you in this writing to adopt a more academic, objective tone. You should also not assume that your readers know Brannan, Caleb, and Katie by name. Presume instead that we haven’t read the source material as you have. That way, you’re more likely to provide the necessary background information briefly to your readers, which will in turn help keep your own writing focused on the topic.

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