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According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs about 20 out of 100 Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars were diagnosed with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and 30 in 100 Veterans of the Vietnam War PTSD short for posttraumatic disorder is an anxiety disorder that was first named in 1980 a few years after the Vietnam War It was not a coincidence that the disorder was discovered just after the Vietnam War due to the fact that most soldiers had to face many traumatic eventson the battlefield Moreover the horrifying memories kept coming back and haveintruded the soldiers mind Consequently victims of PTSD suffered from sleeping disorder along with many other mental and emotional problems Several soldiers have even taken their own life as a result of PTSD Tim OBrien a Vietnam Veteran who was once a victim of the disorder tells his war experience through The Things They Carried a collection of fictional short stories Characters in The Things They Carried demonstrate many effects and symptoms of PTSD that are similar to modern day PTSD In addition to that it suggests the needs to improve the treatments of PTSD for the soldiers through better therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy exposure therapy and EMDR therapyJensen is unfortunately one of the many characters in the book that falls for PTSD and it wouldnt be to such an intense degree if there was treatment like cognitive behavioral therapy available at the time One symptom of PTSD is violence in which the patient acts aggressively and violently toward simple problems due to the inability to cope with stress In Enemies Jensen breaks Strunks nose just because of a missing jackknife OBrien 63 During the war the emotional stress is so heavy that it actually causes many soldiers to collapse and its not just the Vietnam War it stays true for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars alsoAccording to the article KillerHealer Victim by Mark Thompson of Times
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