In the book regeneration troopers ar struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder before and after world war one. The troopers affected by the condition are sent to craiglockhart hospital where the reader learns learns the struggle and effects of war on a person. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can occur following the experience or witnessing of a life threatening events such as natural disasters or military combat. The effect PTSD has on the brain is caused from a stress extreme amounts of stress which then changes the neurochemical systems in the brain and specific brain regions, which result in long term changes in the brain. There are three main types of symptoms: Re-experiencing the traumatic event. You may experience upsetting memories, flashbacks, and nightmares, as well as feelings of distress or intense physical reactions when reminded of the event.
There are more uncommon symptoms such as Avoidance or distancing yourself from people or extreme anger outbursts . Most people are unaware that PTSD does not only affect people mentally it can also affect a person physically. PTSD can impact a person’s body with symptoms like extreme fatigue body parts might become physically unmovable overtime. On average 5.2 million people acquire PTSD in one year.
Some people don’t treat their symptoms. When left untreated, the long-term effects of posttraumatic stress disorder can have a detrimental impact on a person’s life. who do not receive treatment are also at risk for developing other mental illnesses.
In the novel regeneration many characters are suffering from a form of PTSD such as: David Burns a patient at Craiglockhart War Hospital who has been unable to eat since a bomb threw him into the body of a gas field is suffering from a major amount of PTSD. Anderson a patient in Craiglockhart War Hospital who was formerly a war surgeon but who has had a mental breakdown and is now unable to bear the sight of blood. Billy Prior An initially difficult patient with a bad attitude who suffers from mutism and severe asthma. War is the main cause of PTSD. After a war has ended, the suffering does not cease.
The soldiers who return home both those wounded physically and those who actually experienced the anguish and atrocities of war-and those civilians who were caught in the crossfire, are all permanently scarred for life. The effects of war PTSD and war don’t only affect the people who went through the drama. The soldiers who survives the war and are struggling with PTSD can affect their entire families.
Everyday life will changes for all family members. Family member might need to stop working or drop out of education to support their family members. War has no positive effect on anyone or anything. There are several ways to treat PTSD relaxation techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, massage, or yoga can activate the body’s relaxation response and ease symptoms of PTSD. There is also therapies such as Cognitive therapy,Exposure therapy, Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). Cognitive therapy is to be used for patients who have extremely dark thoughts and/or suffer from depression. Exposure therapy is used to help people confront their patients say that this is the strongest type of therapy but also the scariest.
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is another option to people, who suffer from stress and depression. PTSD and the novel regeneration go hand and hand with each other. Learning about the soldiers who experienced dramatic experiences. Learning about everyday lives for soldiers and helping readers understand the struggle soldiers had to withstand.
In conclusion in the book regeneration readers learn the conflict of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder before and after world war one. The troopers had a struggle that no one should have to face in their lifetime. They will be remembered.