Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
Simon P. Gottschalk
Number of Pages
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a debilitating and sometimes disabling mental disorder, is emerging as one that is costly to society from many perspectives. PTSD sufferers commonly experience an inability to function normally within the workplace or within their social and family relationships. The disorder triggers strong emotional responses, changes social interaction and precipitates primary and secondary deviant behavior. This work focuses on non war related civilian incidence of the disorder. It examines the causes, circumstances and processes leading to the onset of the disorder and explores societal reaction to PTSD sufferers. Central to the work are the individual case studies of PTSD sufferers which examine the individual circumstances leading to the onset of the disorder, the personal effects of the condition on the sufferers and those around them and their difficulty experienced in obtaining adequate treatment for their condition and in functioning normally within society.
Disorder; Effect; Epidemic; Hidden; Post; Society; Stress; Traumatic; PTSD; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Social psychology; Public policy; Social psychology; Social sciences--Research
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Stewart, Donald Phelan, "Post-traumatic stress disorder: The hidden epidemic and its effect on society" (1999). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1067.
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