Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

NPR's Alix Spiegel traces the creation of the concept of post-traumatic stress disorder, a mental disease which didn't exist 25 years ago, but is now thought to afflict 7.8 percent of American adults. Psychiatrists first noted the disease when Vietnam veterans returning home described intense feelings of pain, anguish, and anger — but nowhere was there a psychiatric name for their experience.

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