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  1. 1. Jacob Hewgley, Alex Dulong, Logan Ridings10th Honors Literature/CompositionLester and Hamilton29 March, 2012 Research Design ProposalResearch TopicOur research topic is over medical advancements and PTSD subjects. With all of the new PTSDcases and combat situations, medical advancements are becoming urgent. Our armed forcesand Veterans Association need to put more money towards screening programs and othermedical technologies to help detect PTSD and other psychological diseases.What We know About This Topic at This Point and Why We’re InterestedPTSD is usually diagnosed with other psychological diseases, it is very rarely diagnosed simplyas PTSD. The Armed Forces usually prescribe multiple prescription drugs to help soldiers copewith PTSD. Medical advances in the field are becoming more urgent because war is imminentand more soldiers are being diagnosed with PTSD and other psychological diseases than everbefore. The Iraq war is comparable to Vietnam in soldiers dying from wounds, further pressingthe urgency for medical advancements in combat to save soldiers’ lives.What We Want to LearnWe want to know what medical advancements and new technologies have been put in placesince WWI to help soldiers cope with shell shock better known as PTSD. Through our researchproject we want to find out what new technologies have been put in place to help prevent PTSD,and what medical advancements are to come in the near future. The United States ArmedForces have come a very long way since WWI by helping soldiers cope with shell shock, andhow to prevent it. PTSD was called Shell Shock up until vietnam, during vietnam it was renamedPTSD. Why was the name changed from shell shock to PTSD? We hope to find all this out.Initial Questions1. How is PTSD formed?2. Is there anything we can do to prevent PTSD?3. What medical advances have been made since the first world war?4. When was PTSD originally discovered?5. Why was PTSD originally called “Shell Shock”?6. Why was the named changed to PTSD?7. What were the first treatments for PTSD?8. What are the treatments for PTSD now?9. What PTSD treatments have the most progression among PTSD victims?10.What PTSD treatments have the least progression among PTSD victims?11.Are there any new treatments for PTSD (within a year)?12.Can a PTSD victim ever recover one hundred percent from PTSD?
  2. 2. 13.What is the lowest age someone can be diagnosed with PTSD? Oldest?Three Primary Research Questions1. Why are new medical advancements and technologies needed for PTSD?2. How are the Veterans Association and the Armed Forces helping soldiers medically withPTSD?3. What “safety nets” and other actions have been put in place since WWI to help preventPTSD?Our Research Plan ● The resources that look the most promising to our group at the moment are GALE Opposing Viewpoints, Sirs, and our books that we read. Most of our articles have came from these two online databases. ● We plan on using Symbaloo to keep all of our websites and articles in one place. We have shared all of our documents with each other through gmail. We have all of our citations together in Jacob’s EasyBib account, so we are all on the same page. ● The citation management tool we are using is EasyBib, we as a group liked EasyBib better, and thought it was easier to work with. ● Jacob, Alex, and I are working in a group on this research project. The first challenge we have experienced was today, when Alex was absent. Other than this minor “bump in the road” the project has went very smooth so far. We have shared all documents through Google Docs., EasyBib, and Symbaloo. This project is going a lot smoother than the research project we did last semester.Content Creation Tools1. Prezi- Our final product will be done through prezi, we did our project last semester throughPrezi. Since, we have learned about it, I think we will do a lot better this time, because we aremore familiar with the program.2. EasyBib- We are using EasyBib to cite all of our citations and I used it last year in Mrs.Frostclass. EasyBib is an easy tool to work with, however there is always something new to learn.3. Symbaloo- We are using Symbaloo to keep all of our websites and anything else we use inone place. Symbaloo is a easy tool to work with, that’s why we like it.Final Learning ProjectOur final learning project will be done through Prezi. We used Prezi last semester for our
  3. 3. research project and liked it. It was easy to work with and a very clean crisp product came out inthe end. To me it is a newer form of PowerPoint, and it is a fun way to show our information.We will most likely use some kind of shaping sheet to help us throughout the project. This willhelp us organize our topics and subtopics. It will also organize our questions. Works Cited(2010). Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web."Appendix C Iraq: The Human Cost." Sweet Search. Dulcinea Media, Inc. Web. 28 Mar.2012. <>.Associated Press. "US Soldier Charged in Afghan Shooting Rampage." ABC News.ABC News Network, 23 Mar. 2012. Web. 30 Mar. 2012. <>.Bilmes, Linda. "Soldiers Trapped in Limbo." Boston Globe. 2007. A9.Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 30 Mar. 2012. <>.Butler, Katy. "Researching PTSD: The Biology of Fear." Psychotherapy Networker. July/Aug. 1996: 38-45. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 29 Mar 2012."Controversy Iraq: The Human Cost." Controversy: The Human Cost of the War inIraq. Dulcinea Media, Inc. Web. 28 Mar. 2012. <>.Fishkoff, Sue. "When the Nightmares Never Stop." Jerusalem Post (International)(Jerusalem, Israel). 01 May 1992: Mag. Sec. 12+. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 29Mar 2012."Introduction to Mental Illness: Opposing Viewpoints." Mental Illness.Ed. Roman Espejo. Detroit: Greenhaven, 2012. Gale OpposingViewpoints In Context. Web. 30 Mar. 2012. <>.Javidi, H. "Javidi." The International Journal of Occupational andEnvironmental Medicine, Jan. 2012. Web. 30 Mar. 2012. <>.Johnson, ScottDehghanpisheh, Babakjohnbarry. "Its Worse Than You Think."Newsweek 144.12 (2004): 30. Student Research Center. Web. 26 Mar. 2012. <>. Considers the price paid by theUnited States for the Iraq War. Reference to the U.S. death toll, which has topped1,000; Strengthening of the insurgency in Iraq; Efforts to train Iraqis to maintain publicorder; Plans for the Iraqis to hold elections before the end of January; Avoidance of agrowing number of towns by United States troops. INSET: The Price We Have Paid.Morley, Jefferson. "Is Iraqs Civilian Death Toll Horrible -- Or Worse? - WorldOpinion Roundup." 301 Moved Permanently. Dulcinea Media, Inc., 19 Oct. 2006.Web. 28 Mar. 2012. <
  4. 4. is_iraqs_civilian_death_toll_h.html>.Pivac, Nela, Dragica Kozarić-Kovačić, and Dorotea Mück-Šeler. "Biological Markersin Croatian War Veterans with Combat Related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder." NovelApproaches to the Diagnosis & Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder 6.1 (2006):3-12. A9h. Web. 30 Mar. 2012. <>.Pols, Hans, and Stephanie Oak. "War & Military Mental Health: The US PsychiatricResponse in The..." American Journal of Public Health Vol. 97, No. 12. Dec. 2007:2132-2142. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 30 Mar 2012."Post-traumatic Stress Disorder." 03. Web. 30 Mar. 2012. <>."Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)." Opposing ViewpointsOnline Collection. Gale, Cengage Learning, 2010. Gale OpposingViewpoints In Context. Web. 30 Mar. 2012. <>."Safer Than Nam." Wilson Quarterly 32.1 (2008): 72-73. Student ResearchCenter. Web. 26 Mar. 2012. <>.The article presents statistics concerning the soldier mortality rates of the Iraq War.Details are given comparing the mortality rates between the Vietnam and Iraq Wars,pointing out that the Iraq War has a lower casualty rate. Mortality risk among variousbranches of the armed forces is outlined, describing less risk for women and greater riskfor Marines.Saperstein, Robert, and Dana Saperstein. "The Emotional Wounds of War." MilitaryReview. Jan. 1992: 54-61. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 29 Mar 2012."Who Are the Dead?" National Journal 36.22 (2004): 1694. Student ResearchCenter. Web. 26 Mar. 2012. <>.Presents a demographic profile of the U.S. troops causalities in the war in Iraq andAfghanistan as compared to that in the Vietnam war. Percentage of war dead by rankand by pay grade; Average age of war dead; Ethnicity and gender distribution of thecasualties; Distribution of the deaths by family status, service branch and cause ofdeath.