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It has been estimated that 30% of Vietnam war veterans, 10% Gulf war veterans, 6% to 11% Afghanistan war veterans and 12% to 20% of veterans of the Iraq war have suffered from Post Traumatic Stress disorder. This is an anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to one or more terrifying events.

The history of PTSD date back to the early 1800’s where military doctors began diagnosing soldiers with “exhaustion” following the stress of battle. This “exhaustion” was characterized by mental shutdown due to individual or group trauma. Around this time there was a syndrome in England called ‘railway spine’ or ‘railway hysteria which bares a resemblance to what we call PTSD today. This was found by people who had been in the catastrophic railway accidents of that time.

In World War I and II the term ‘shell shock’ and combat fatigue’ were terms to describe veterans who exhibited stress and anxiety after being in combat. The official designation of “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” did not come about until 1980 when the Third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) was published.

This anxiety disorder occurs when you are afraid and your body activates the fight or flight response. This reaction to fight releases adrenaline, which is responsible for increasing your blood pressure and heart rate as well as increasing glucose to muscles (to allow you to run away quickly in the face of immediate danger). However when this danger has gone your body begins to go through a process that shuts down the stress response and this process involves the release of another hormone known as cortisol. If your body doesn’t generate enough cortisol to shut down the stress reaction you may continue to feel the effects of adrenaline. Trauma victims who develop post-traumatic stress disorder often have higher levels of other stimulating hormones (catecholamines) under normal conditions in which the threat of trauma is not present. These same hormones kick in when they are reminded of their trauma.

Military Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a very serious disorder with symptoms such as self harm, anger, violence and drug addiction as well as depression. All of these are common symptoms of Military Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and sadly affects thousands of soldiers every year who have serviced in the armed forces. Treating Military Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is done through psychotherapy and basic counselling but can take a lot of time and patience.

Sadly a number of people who are experiencing and suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, also known as ‘war trauma’, is said to hugely increase in the next few years due to the number of soldiers who are fighting in areas such as Helmand and Basra. There are concerns that the Iraq war is producing more cases of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder than any other conflict in decades, one of the main reasons for this is that the violence has been so widespread and exposure to it so constant over long periods of time. The suicide bombers, roadside mines and the constant threat of attack within the Iraq war poses a unique challenge to the mental health of the soldiers who are serving in it.

If you are one of those suffering and are thinking of claiming compensation for you suffering then you should do so right away. It is your civil and legal right to claim compensation for injuries psychological and mental. No-one should suffer in silence. Carolyn is the webmaster of Accident Consult Ltd, specialists in Claiming compensation for PTSD.

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South Africa’s first black president Nelson Mandela died peacefully at his home at the age of 95. Although the Nobel Peace Prize winner passed away, he left us a number of uplifting and revolutionary words.

Following are 20 most inspirational Nelson Mandela quotes that personify his spirit.

“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”

“It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.”

“It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.”

“It always seems impossible until its done.”

“I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles.”

“A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of.”

“If the United States of America or Britain is having elections, they don’t ask for observers from Africa or from Asia. But when we have elections, they want observers.”

“Courage is not the absence of fear — it is inspiring others to move beyond it.”

“Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people.”

“Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.”

“A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.”

“Today we are entering a new era for our country and its people. Today we celebrate not the victory of a party, but a victory for all the people of South Africa.”

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

“We recall our terrible past so that we can deal with it, to forgive where forgiveness is necessary, without forgetting; to ensure that never again will such inhumanity tear us apart; and to move ourselves to eradicate a legacy that lurks dangerously as a threat to our democracy.”

“I never think of the time I have lost. I just carry out a programme because it’s there. It’s mapped out for me.”

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

“In my country we go to prison first and then become president.”

“A good pen can also remind us of the happiest moments in our lives, bring noble ideas into our dens, our blood and our souls. It can turn tragedy into hope and victory.”

“We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.”

“I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.”

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Summer 2011 is a busy time for U.S President Barack Obama’s family. The First Lady Michelle Obama has travelled to Puerto Rico and South Africa, had a meeting with former President Nelson Mandela of South Africa at Mandela’s home in Houghton, visited the Zandspruit Township Daycare Center and attended the Young African Women Leaders Forum. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama amazingly stops a baby child crying at the White House and announces to implement the draw down of American troops from Afghanistan.

June 14, 2011: President Barack Obama has a lunch stop at a restaurant in the Ocean Park neighborhood of San Juan with Puerto Rican Senator Alejandro Garcia Padilla.

Barack Obama and Puerto Rican Senator Alejandro Garcia Padilla

June 14, 2011: First Lady Michelle Obama waits outside for her turn at Claremont Hotel Club & Spa in Berkeley, California

June 15, 2011: President Barack Obama surprises the First Lady when he soothes a crying baby at the Congressional Picnic

June 19, 2011: President Barack Obama warmly greets residents at Thomas Sweet Ice Cream and Chocolate in Washington, D.C when his family goes out for meal on Father’s Day

June 20, 2011: President Barack Obama with Vice President Joe Biden discusses something outside the Oval Office

 

June 21, 2011: First Lady Michelle Obama has a surprising meeting with former President Nelson Mandela of South Africa at Mandela’s home in Houghton, South Africa

June 21, 2011: First Lady visits children at the Zandspruit Township Daycare Center in South Africa

June 22, 2011: Michelle Obama hugs an attendant of Young African Women Leaders Forum members at the Rosa Parks Library in Soweto

June 22, 2011: Barack Obama announces to implement the draw down of American troops from Afghanistan in the East Room

June 23, 2011: Barack Obama greets the baby boy as the family of Diego Diaz visits the Oval Office

 

June 28, 2011: President has lunch at Ross’ Restaurant in Bettendorf, Iowa

 

Obama Gets Baby to Stop Crying

 

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