Post-traumatic stress disorder, abbreviated as PTSD refers to an anxiety disorder that is mainly caused by threatening or frightening events on the lives of people. It may also result from the harsh environmental conditions that one may live in if they tend to suppress his or her confidence. The major significant symptoms include angry outbursts, neglect, intense guilt, flashbacks, bad dreams, evading responsibilities, emotional numbness, and feeling “on edge”. They always last for one month.
The main effects of PTSD can be viewed as greatly far-reaching. It is a debilitating disorder whereby its symptoms evidently have negative impacts at a personal or also at a societal level. Its symptoms do not act at any advantage to the families that host those people suffering from the PTSD. Families have never had an easy ride in the park as they have to console their brothers or sisters in the bid to ensure that they do not fall victim to the effects of PTSD. It is recorder that the effects of PTSD negatively impact on a person's work, mental health, relationships, and physical health. The society may have to feel these impacts as they have to do without the services that they use to benefit from those people affected. The affected people may end up operating under fear of the unknown, and cannot, therefore, stand on their own. Among all people who go out to seek treatment for the substance use and disorders, it is estimated, by many researchers, that atleast one in every three of them are suffering from symptoms of PTSD. The evident alcohol rates and also substance use and disorders among the diagnosed people are extremely high. History has proven that the main practice in line with PTSD has been to try treating the addiction of the first. However, in the recent past, there has been a remarkable shift towards awareness and enlightening the victims of the extent and impacts of the disorder and how it may impede treatment.
This paper is built on the hypotheses that social acceptance grows with the awareness of PTSD. Social acceptance mainly bases on how one perceives himself or herself in relation to the society. The community that one may live in, may prove hostile depending on the conditions set that one should follow. This means that PTSD should not be looked at as an individual problem but a problem that affects the whole society. As earlier stated, the society ends up missing on the services of the people who are diagnosed as victims of PTSD. Once the society accepts these people, and the deficiencies, the latter will feel at home and will take their treatment positively. The societies have always played a major role towards the success of people’s fight with various illnesses. The concern that the victims feel from the society, has a great impact on their recovery. They feel as part of a large family, one that is out to ensure that their well being is attained.
Several researches have been conducted in line with PTSD. An issue of the renowned Journal of Dual Diagnosis (vol. 7, issue 4), where guest editors Tracy Stecker and also Mark McGovern were out to elucidate on the interventions of PTSD, clearly explains the impacts of the latter on society and person. It mainly touches on co-occurring substance abuse and disorders and also PTSD. The research pointed out that the society has a major role to play in a bid to ensure that the victims of PTSD are not traumatized (Tracy &Mark, 2012). As many of them are usually veterans and soldiers who have fought for the nation, the society has to accept them they have to put at heart what their families are feeling and also going through. It is a calling to all members of a society to realize that not all the causes are personally generated and some unavoidable circumstances can also lead to it. This research was conducted twenty years ago and ended up pointing to the need nd desire to integrate all the treatment practices of PTSD and its addiction. McGovern and also Stecker vehemently note that there is growing number and ranges of studies in the last decade on that deal with integrated- treatment and also interventions towards a free society from PTSD. They advocate for total support from not only the family members of the victims, but also all community members. They caution those who may despise the victims of PTSD that it may hit them as it is not predictable of when it may attack. They advise, based on their findings, that a healthy life is the solution to a PTSD free society. There research found out that many of the victims either had a critical family issue that affected them, or were serving the nation in various capacities. They also noted that it is only in the power of the society that the affected accept their conditions and respond positively to the treatment (Tracy &Mark, 2012).
Research conducted by Junior reviews the findings his earlier article, "A Randomized and Controlled Trial that Comparing Integrated and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy levels over Individual Addiction and Counseling for the Co-occurring Substance abuse and also Posttraumatic Stress Disorders" (Junior, 2012). He came up with findings, after his research, that victims seeking safety and recognition in their society had a better chance of surviving the adverse impacts of PTSD. This was from the research conducted among several veterans in the US who served in the war in Vietnam, at several positions. Segregation by other members of the society made them develop more fear towards life and tackling issues. Their self esteem was always dealt a big blow whenever they could be looked down upon in the society. Some even contracted mental illness from the activities they undertook. They believe that accepting their conditions, was on its own, a major solution and treatment to their problem. Some of them had even decided to form organizations that advocate for self acceptance and positive lives for those suffering from PTSD. He advocates for extra research on the final impacts and best treatments that the victims can be offered. However, he believes that the society has a major role to play towards supporting these victims. It is not their making and awareness of PTSD should be given priority at all events. He also brings out the fact that once one is aware of his or her role in the society, and discovers that there is more to life than that illness; he or she may be able to interact freely with others in the society. Acceptance and awareness are the main sources of remedy to PTSD (Junior, 2012).
A program known as Concurrent Treatment of the PTSD and also Substance Use Disorders evident with Prolonged Exposure, abbreviated as COPE, has been advocated for by researchers Kathleen Brady, Therese Killeen, and Sudie Black. In a bid to look into this PTSD, they carried out reaserch on the possible treatments to this illness. Apart from the vivo exposure and also the relapse-prevention therapies that are conducted on the victims, psychoeducation is necessary. This means that the society has a huge role to play towards ensuring that the latter is carried out. Psychoeducation involves, first, creating awareness among the members of a given society, that PTSD is common and the victims are still members of that society. They should also be treated the same as other people. Efficient care is necessary to ensure that they do not fall prey to more traumas. According to them, many recent studies, which include one controlled trial on PTSD victims, indicate that most participants in the COPE did experience improved PTSD and also substance use outcomes. The attrition rates evident in these programs remained extremely high, although the former note they were similar to all rates of attrition in other substance use programs for that population. Basing on these findings, one can clearly elicit the point that despite PTSD having a lot of impacts on the society, social acceptance can only grow with its awareness (Kathleen, Therese, & Sudie, 2012).
Post-traumatic stress disorder has a lot of effects on the society and at a personal level. It is mainly caused by events that come out as threatening or frightening, on the lives of people. It may also result from the harsh environmental conditions that one may live in if they tend to suppress his or her confidence. The major significant symptoms include angry outbursts, neglect, intense guilt, flashbacks, bad dreams, evading responsibilities, emotional numbness, and feeling “on edge”. On the part of the society, the services once rendered by those diagnosed may be rendered futile if other members of the society do not support the victims fully. Despising them or even segregating them may be a source of more traumas hence causing a lot of harm to them. The society, therefore, has a major role to play towards ensuring that the victims are given an ample environment to operate and tackle their issues.