11 Common PTSD Myths Debunked

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One challenge that victims of PTSD have to face is the judgment of other people due to misinformation. Because of the myths surrounding this medical condition, the relationships of the patient with his or her loved ones are often strained. The prejudice and maltreatment of PTSD patients have been around ever since human beings started to wage wars against each …

What exactly is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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What is PTSD? Posttraumatic stress disorder, or more commonly known as PTSD, is a type of debilitating medical condition that usually occurs to individuals who have undergone a very traumatic incident. A traumatic event is something terrible that you’ve seen, heard, or experienced first-hand. This includes: Exposure to war Terrorist incident Sexual assault Physical abuse Life-threatening accident Natural disasters such …

Why The U.S. Army Should Teach Stoic Philosophy In Basic Training

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A lot of soldiers today underestimate the importance of adequate mental preparation for the ordeal ahead of them. In order to successfully mentally prepare people who will undergo Basic Training and graduate into the military, some suggest that the U.S. Army should start teaching the principles of stoicism during Basic Training. Why should the nation’s military change already established standards …

Annotative Essay on the book: ‘In Cold Blood,’ by Truman Capote

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First published in 1966, In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote was a new type of book.  A hybrid of literature invented by Capote known as a non-fiction novel; the book is based on a series of crimes and, told in an omniscient third person point of view.  It was one of the first of its kind, if not, debatably, the …

How Comedy is Helping Veterans with PTSD…

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As the Robin William’s movie Patch Adams showed us, comedy can be the best medicine. When it comes to those of us with psychological trauma it can also ring true as well. It helps us by taking way the fear, anger, and guilt we experience and replace it with laughter. We eventually learn to accept the past as just that …

Annotative Essay on the book: ‘A House for Mr. Biswas,’ by V.S. Naipaul

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            Life can pass by without every really hitting someone; moments flow into moments, and without awareness things can go unnoticed. What V.S. Naipaul has done with his novel, A House for Mr. Biswas, is show the reader the moments of a character’s life and the awareness, or lack of, which encapsulated the entirety of the character. His story is …

Creative Writing (Various MFA Notes)

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Creative Writing: Combination Notes In these notes, the final in our series of MFA Notes, I’m going to combine any leftover notes that are too short to require completely new blog posts. Sections covered: The Sentimental Trap. Subtlety of Transitions. Giving Effective Feedback. Character Arc: 1st POV. Pain for Laughs: Making Characters Comedic and More Complex.  The Sentimental Trap Sentimental …

Annotative Essay on the book: ‘Cures for Hunger,’ by Deni Bechard

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Literary Pacing An Annotative Essay on: Cures for Hunger, by Deni Bechard Pacing is when athletes spread out their strength and power over a period of time rather than in short bursts; longer distance runners use the technique, as well as swimmers and bicyclists. Pacing helps an athlete save themselves for the entirety of a competition/sport rather than just the …

Notes: Serving the Memory in Memoir

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Serving the Memory Why do we chose to write memoir instead of fiction? Fiction: When you think you know it. Memoir: When you want to figure it out. Memoir: when did the real story being with me? The incident, the wedge moment, when things came together and began. Example: If something inspires you to write about your childhood, then write …