Destiny Borrero
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

  1. I. Introduction
  2. A. Short Poem about PTSD by an Anonymous soldier I am interested in hearing this poem.
  3. B. About 7-8% of the U.S population will experience PTSD at some point in their lives (U.S department of Veteran Affairs). Women are more susceptible to develop PTSD than men but are more common in veterans. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a serious type of anxiety disorder that develops after a person has experienced or witnessed a traumatic or terrifying event that involved the threat of injury or death.
  4. C. PTSD was once called Shell Shock or battle fatigue syndrome (WebMD).
  5. D. Not only affect war vets but also common in women, men and children that experienced physical abuse, natural disasters, or accidents.
E. There are many symptoms on how to detect when a person has the disorder and different ways it can be treated.
  1. II. Body
  2. A. Symptoms
    1. 1. PTSD can cause many symptoms
      1. a. Re-experiencing symptom
      2. b. Symptom of Avoidance
      3. c. Hyper arousal
  3. B. Detection
    1. 1. A psychiatrist or psychologists are the only people who can diagnose someone with PTSD.
    2. 2. These professionals diagnose PTSD only if the person has the reoccurring symptoms.
  4. C. Treatments
    1. 1. Main treatments are psychotherapy and medications.
      1. a. Depending on how severe the disorder is the person may need both.
      2. 2. Medications are antidepressants and Benzodiazephines.
  5. D. Experience
    1. 1. I witnessed a friend get attacked by her boyfriend. He is a veteran from the Iraqi War
    2. 2. People that witnessed or survived 911 and the Boston Bombing.

  1. III. Conclusion
  2. A. It is unknown what exactly causes PTSD but psychological, genetic and social factors are involved. As Americans and as human beings, we are constantly witnessing and experiencing war, crime and natural disasters.
  3. B. Clincher: PTSD is a serious disorder and is usually left unnoticed. People need to be aware of this disorder because it can cause serious harm to the person and the people around them. The best thing you can do is support someone who suffers from PTSD. Comment by Tenzin Choeden: It is a well elaborated outline on the PTSD, it seems to cover all aspects of this syndrome. I personally think it's great that you are doing a speech on PTSD to promote awareness on this mental disorder. A poem for an attention grabber will surely be fantastic, however because you didn't post this poem I can't make any remark on it. Overall, I find it to be cohesive and well thought out. Goodluck! :)


Comment by W.Bello Your Outline is well organize, it has facts, and stats which prove you point, you also distributed your information. I like it, because you informed me about something that i knew about, but not at a great level. I also Believe That PTSD is a big problem, i have friends that suffer from it, and it is very sad to see their actions. Good Job!