PUBLIC PTSD PERCEPTION: FIRST RESPONDER AND MILITARY MEMBER
PTSD has only been recognized as a diagnosable illness since 1986. Prior to that, PTSD symptoms carried names such as Shell Shock or Combat Fatigue. Historical documentation of PTSD symptoms can be traced back more than a millennium however, to the writings of Homer and his poem The Iliad. In it, he described Achilles as a Trojan War veteran who is continually awakened and tormented by thoughts of a fallen comrade. Contemporary research has shown that up to 90% of people diagnosed with PTSD have difficulty sleeping. Much of the existing research has been aimed at military members and veterans ...
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