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PTSD Rehabilitation Proposal

  1. 1. Crist and Shafer 1Teagan Crist and Kristiena ShaferResearch Design Proposal10th Honors World Lit/CompLester and HamiltonSpring 2012Research Paper Topic We would like to do our project on the rehabilitation of war veterans affected by PTSD. Ourresearch will mostly consist of the organizations that help these veterans, the specific treatments theseorganizations use, and the statistics of how treatments ended up helping or not helping veteransaffected by PTSD.What I know about the “Topic at this Point” and “Why We’re Interested in This Topic”  What we know: o PTSD, also known as post-traumatic stress disorder, is a common mental illness acquired by soldiers during combat. It is often brought about by traumatic experiences or by seeing others go through such experiences. The symptoms include but are not limited to: nightmares, flashbacks, anger, anxiety, insomnia, and substance/alcohol abuse. Some treatments for PTSD include: hypo-therapy (therapy with horses), canine-therapy, group therapy, physical activities, yoga, and meditation. Specific treatments are more effective on certain individuals depending on the level of PTSD. One in every five suicides in the US is a veteran who was possibly suffering from PTSD and failed to get the help they needed.
  2. 2. Crist and Shafer 2 Some veterans with PTSD often turn to drug use and alcoholism to self- medicate themselves in order to distance themselves from their illness.  Why we’re interested: o Neither of us really have a personal reason as to why we chose this topic, however through the books we have read we have become interested in how this illness effects veterans. PTSD is a seriously undermined mental illness that needs to be brought to light; some people do not even consider it to be an actual mental disability. We feel as though PTSD needs to be recognized for its dangerous effects on veterans and their families.What We Want to Learn We hope to acquire more knowledge on PTSD, its effects on the veterans who it harms, and theorganizations that work with these veterans to help them escape this mental illness. We want to findmore information on the organizations and their success at curing, or at least improving, the symptomsthese veterans face. We would like to learn more about the treatments veterans go through to helpthem fight the PTSD and how successful these treatments have been. We are also very curious as to whythe military and government have cast a blind eye on PTSD for so long and why they provide treatmentsonly while the soldiers are still able to fight in the wars. We are interested to learn how we as acommunity and country can help the veterans accept their illness and seek help.Our Initial List of Questions We Have About Our Topic 1. Why do veterans view PTSD as a weaker disability than a physical illness? 2. How does the VA (Veterans Association) persuade veterans to work through the treatments?
  3. 3. Crist and Shafer 3 3. What physical treatments have been the most successful? 4. Is PTSD completely curable?Or is it like diabetes, which can be controlled but not cured? 5. What reasons do veterans turn to drugs instead of seeking professional help? 6. What are the veteran suicide rates? Have they increased entering Iraq/Afghanistan? 7. How can more veterans be urged into rehabilitation? 8. Can PTSD change someone’s personality or just effect their emotions? 9. How can people better understand PTSD and the role it plays? 10. Why does the military keep deploying veterans affected by PTSD? 11. How can we raise awareness of PTSD in the community?Our Three Primary Research Questions  Question 1: What are the organizations that help veterans recover from PTSD?  Question 2: What are the treatments used by these organizations?  Question 3: What can we do as a community to help 1) raise awareness, 2) help the cause?Our Research Plan  Resources: Googlenews, Academic Search Complete, Gale Opposing Viewpoints, Student Research Center  Managing Information: Netvibes, Scoopit, Google-Docs  Time Management: We plan to do a lot of our work in class, but most of the work will take place out of class. Weekends will be efficiently used as well as time after school. Any needed communication can take place via email and calls.  Citation management tool: Easybib
  4. 4. Crist and Shafer 4  We plan to divide the work fairly between us. Work will be balanced depending on personal schedules and deadlines. We hope that we can keep ourselves from procrastination – this will be definitely a challenge, but we plan to overcome it.Content Creation Tool In our Digital Multigenre Text, we plan to incorporate the following:  Voicethread/Zen  Skit or “One Act” related to the issue  Found poem  Character or issue recipe  Artwork/Original Photography  Free verse poem  Worldle or Tagxedo Google-docs will be used for organization of the text. Netvibes will be used to present the information.Final Learning Project After careful thought, we have decided to do the Digital Multigenre Text because we feel it isthe best medium to show creativity while presenting the information. Netvibes gives the reader avariety of ways to examine the topic while using creative tools to keep them interested. We think itwould benefit us more if we used a shaping sheet instead of a mindmap to organize our research topicsand subtopics.Works Cited
  5. 5. Crist and Shafer 5Ainspan, Nathan D. "From Deployment to EMPLOYMENT." U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings 137.2 (2011): 44-49. Academic Search Complete.Web. 26 Mar. 2012. <http://proxygsu- 9h&AN=58545733&site=ehost-live>.Bartley, Nancy. "For Soldiers Back from War, Working with Horses Offers Help with PTSD."The SeattleTimes 4 Mar. 2012. The Seattle Times. 04 Mar. 2012. Web. 28 Mar. 2012. <>.Bochniak, Agnieszka, and Krzysztof Korzeniewski."Drug Abuse in the Armed Forces."Archives: The International Journal of Medicine 3.3 (2010): 371-75. Academic Search Complete.Web. 26 Mar. 2012. <http://proxygsu- 9h&AN=56561319&site=ehost-live>.Burch, Audra D.S. "For Veterans Suffering from PTSD, Yoga and Meditation Bring Peace of Mind." The Sacramento Bee. 25 Mar. 2012. Web. 28 Mar. 2012. <>.Chandler, Candice. "Veterans Rehabilitate Wolf-Dogs, And Themselves."Global Animal. 14 Mar. 2012. Web. 28 Mar. 2012. < rehabilitate-wolf-dogs-and-themselves/69738/>.Dad: Son wasnt the Same Dan after War. CNN. 24 Mar. 2012. Web. 28 Mar. 2012. <>.
  6. 6. Crist and Shafer 6Donna Miles. "Disabled Vets Experience Miracles on Mountainside" United States Department of Defense. 28 Mar. 2012. Web. 28 Mar. 2012. <>.Miles, Donna. "Disabled Vets Experience Miracles on Mountainside" U.S. Department of Defense. 28 Mar. 2012. Web. 28 Mar. 2012. <>."Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)." Opposing Viewpoints Online Collection. Gale, Cengage Learning, 2010. Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 26 Mar. 2012. < layGroupName=Reference&disableHighlighting=true&action=2&catId=GALE%7CAA A000028861&documentId=GALE%7CPC3010999027&userGroupName=cant48040&js id=6fbe4a1d0537f85c45909008095f0bf2>.Resnik, Linda, Daniel W. Bradford, Shirley M. Glynn, Alan M. Jette, Caitlin Johnson Hernandez, and Sharon Wills. "Issues in Defining and Measuring Veteran Community Reintegration: Proceedings of the Working Group on Community Reintegration, VA Rehabilitation Outcomes Conference, Miami, Florida." Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development 49.1 (2012): 87-100. Academic Search Complete.Web. 26 Mar. 2012. <http://proxygsu- 9h&AN=73437312&site=ehost-live>.Sanserino, Michael. "VIETNAM VETS FINALLY FIND HELP FOR OLD SCARS; New Pressures Prompt PTSD Treatment." 2008: 1A. Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 26 Mar. 2012.
  7. 7. Crist and Shafer 7 < pName=News&disableHighlighting=false&prodId=OVIC&action=2&catId=&document Id=GALE%7CA183740304&userGroupName=cant48040&jsid=d3ab3e6eec615bfb7ad5 a1620a293eed>."There May Be an APP to Help Veterans Fight PTSD." United States Department of Health and Human Services.Web. 28 Mar. 2012. <>.Thompson, Mark. "Bringing Dogs to Heal."Time 176.21 (2010): 54. Student Research Center.Web. 26 Mar. 2012. <http://proxygsu- lh&AN=55204125&site=src-live>.Watson, Julie. "U.S. Soldier Charged in Afghan Shooting Rampage; PTSD at Issue." 24 Mar. 2012. Web. 28 Mar. 2012. < rampage/?breakingnews>.