Researching Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder at WKU
Western Kentucky University Libraries has a great deal of material available to assist with research on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). While the study of PTSD is just now hitting its stride, it has been known for a very long time that those who went through disturbing, distressing, or traumatic incidents suffered long-time reactions and personality changes. This was true even in the absence of physical brain damage.
Much of the material deals with veterans and the aftermath of war. This is evident in some of the older terms used for PTSD, such as "shell shock" and "combat trauma." PTSD is related to other types of anxiety and panic disorders. However, PTSD can strike anyone who goes through a traumatic incident. Survivors of rape, violence, and mass disasters are also at risk.