Posttraumatic while the individuals were in Afghanistan.

Posttraumatic stress disorder is becoming more relevant every day. It has gone from not being considered anything to something that is considered a real and serious thing. It is most commonly seen in the different military branches but it is not limited to that. Posttraumatic stress disorder or PTSD is considered a psychopathological disorder that the symptoms could take time to show up and then evolve once they do appear. It is considered a mental disorder and is triggered by a specific stressful event that happened to the individual. The first thirty days after being exposed to the traumatic event is how long the symptoms must be shown (DSM-5; American Psychiatric Association, 2013). When looking at PTSD the main focus is on how the individual adapts to the trauma. To be able to look at how PTSD progresses into what is considered a long-term outcome. Once the outcome is determined, this is when interventions could come into play that could help by being a positive influence on the individual with PTSD. This study wanted to focus on the U.S. Marines and how PTSD affected them. The authors wanted to look at how PTSD symptoms developed in Marines over a seven-month period while the individuals were in Afghanistan. The authors believed that the combat-related experiences would have the best outcome in showing the early onset of PTSD. The individuals who have had previous trauma would show an increase of likelihood pushing the early PTSD symptoms to occur. Lastly, individuals who have had a long list of trauma previous from being deployed would show worse PTSD development over time while the individuals who have experienced less trauma before being deployed would show less PTSD development (Nash & Boasso, et al). To really look into how PTSD developed, the authors were able to collect information by conducting interviews and different types of questionnaires at different time points during and after deployment. They would then separate the individuals into 4 different groups. In the end, the authors were only able to look at groups 3 and 4 due to the fact that groups 1 and 2 had to be excluded because the individual’s baseline of PTSD was only focused on military experiences. The findings were interesting in that the results because it showed PTSD having a low amount of symptoms in all of the groups, even with the individuals who had experienced a lot of exposure to trauma. But one this that was expected that turned out the way the authors thought it would, was the fact that the individuals who showed low PTSD symptoms before deployment and then their symptoms escalated after getting back from deployment. In the end, it was able to show the individual’s who had experienced a high amount of trauma before deployment had a high amount of PTSD symptoms. It was also concluded that PTSD symptoms would be best shown between pre-deployment all the way to at least one month after getting back (Nash & Boasso, et al). The findings, I believe, made complete sense. People who are in the military see things that nobody should ever see in their lifetime. The results are what everyone hears when individual’s get back from war. PTSD is a very serious disorder that can turn many lives upside down. It can affect the individual who experiences this disorder and the people who mean the most to the individual. I think there need to be more studies conducted over PTSD. There should be a study somewhere that also talks about the individual’s who have not been in the military but still have experiences in their past that causes them to show PTSD symptoms. People really need to be able to completely understand what PTSD is and what the individual’s who have it go through every day. People just need to realize that this is a serious matter at hand and the individual’s who have it need so much support on their way to recovery.