Miles 1Adam MilesMrs. LesterWorld Lit Hon29 March 2012 Research Design ProposalIntroduction Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among veterans of the US armed forces has become a major issue in today’s wars. Some researchers are even calling this disorder an epidemic because it has affected so many of our soldiers.Topic This research paper will explain what PTSD is and how soldiers develop this devastating disorder based on the available information from today’s research. Then, the ways that PTSD is treated will be discussed.What I Know/ Why I Am Interested I became interested in this topic when it was brought up in the fishbowl discussions that we had in class. The fishbowl discussions were great for hearing about the cases of PTSD in other people’s books. However, my book did not have too much about PTSD, and I wanted to learn more. What I have learned is that PTSD is a major problem for the US armed forces. I also learned that researchers are trying many different things to try and cure PTSD. Another thing that I have discovered is that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have produced more cases of PTSD than other wars. Many aspects of the way these wars have been fought may have caused PTSD. Many of the troops are being deployed multiple times, IEDs and other explosives have traumatized soldiers, and other
Miles 2 things may lead to the development of PTSD. To further hurt the situation, many army bases do not have enough medical staff members to effectively deal with this problem. As a result, many of these soldiers are being sent home or back into the battlefield without being properly treated.What I Hope to Learn During this research, I hope to learn about several things. The first thing that I hope to learn is what kind of treatments are available to soldiers with PTSD. I found one or two articles discussing treatment, but none of them discussed the latest treatments available. I would like to go more into more depth about how the current treatments work, and how effective the treatments actually are. I would also like to learn more about what specifically causes PTSD. Hopefully, I can find sources that show what types of events cause PTSD, and why these events can traumatize soldiers for the years to come.Initial Questions 1. What causes PTSD? 2. What treatments are currently available to soldiers? 3. How much research is being done to find a cure? 4. Who is doing the research? 5. How does PTSD affect the soldiers’ civilian and military life? 6. Can PTSD be prevented? 7. What is alternative treatment for PTSD? 8. Does alternative treatment work? 9. What has the US Army/ Veterans’ Administration done to help soldiers? 10. How effective are the current treatments for PTSD?
Miles 3Three Major Questions 1. How do soldiers develop PTSD? 2. Why is this condition so difficult to treat? 3. What is being done to cure soldiers with PTSD?My Research Plan The most important material to me is the various databases, such as Galileo, Gale, etc. These databases provide reliable, academic articles that have been very beneficial to me up to this point. For now, my method for organizing my sources is through a document with links in it. I have considered using Scoop.it, and as I obtain more sources, I will probably use it. The citation method that I am using is Easy Bib. I really like how easy it is to cite sources using the website. For this project, I am working alone; therefore, there should not be any problems with communication, compiling the essay into one document, or other problems that result from working with a partner/group. I plan to have my first four sources for my project by April 13th, along with the notecards that correspond with those sources. Then, by April 19th, I plan to have a minimum of 8 sources, if not more. I should also have all the notecards that I need by that time. I would like to have the first notecard check on April 13th, so that I can know that I am using the correct format. For the second notecard check, April 18th.Content Creation Tools I plan to use google docs to for my project. This should be the only tool because my project is going to be a traditional paper. Also, I will be able to share my paper with Mrs. Lester or Mrs. Hamilton if necessary.
Miles 4Final Learning Product I plan to use a shaping sheet for this project. I like the shaping sheet because everything is laid out in an easy to see format. This is also the method that I am most familiar with. Preliminary Bibliography"Armys Mental Health Programs Swamped, Understaffed." 2011. Gale Opposing Viewpoints InContext. Web. 30 Mar. 2012.<http://ic.galegroup.com:80/ic/ovic/NewsDetailsPage/NewsDetailsWindow?displayGroupName=News&disableHighlighting=false&prodId=OVIC&action=2&catId=&documentId=GALE%7CA248470781&userGroupName=cant48040&jsid=2ccb6db59326fc3bd3c48049d57704bf>.Brooke, Roger. "Psychological Trauma and the Combat Veteran."Officer Review Magazine 51.5(2011): 12-13. Academic Search Complete.Web. 30 Mar. 2012. <http://proxygsu-sche.galileo.usg.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=69923474&site=ehost-live>.Marchione, Marilynn. "Doctors Work on Pill to Fade Traumatic Memories." The AssociatedPress [Charleston, WV] 15 Jan. 2006. SIRS Researcher.Web. 29 Mar. 2012.<http://sks.sirs.com/cgi-bin/hst-article-display?id=SSCHE-0-6315&artno=0000243057&type=ART&shfilter=U&key=Doctors%20Work%20on%20Pill%20to%20Fade%20Traumatic%20Memories&title=Doctors%20Work%20on%20Pill%20to%20Fade%20Traumatic%20Memories&res=Y&ren=N&gov=N&lnk=Y&ic=N#citation>."Treatment of PTSD: An Assessment of the Evidence." Report Brief. Institute of Medicine,2007.Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 26 Mar. 2012.
Miles 5<http://ic.galegroup.com:80/ic/ovic/ViewpointsDetailsPage/ViewpointsDetailsWindow?displayGroupName=Viewpoints&disableHighlighting=false&prodId=OVIC&action=2&catId=&documentId=GALE%7CEJ3010640216&userGroupName=cant48040&jsid=d53f1ea50cb73b6f0259229a62b092a6>."Troops Stressed to Breaking Point; Report Cites Sustained Combat, Redeployments." 2012:A01. Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 26 Mar. 2012.<http://ic.galegroup.com:80/ic/ovic/NewsDetailsPage/NewsDetailsWindow?displayGroupName=News&disableHighlighting=false&prodId=OVIC&action=2&catId=&documentId=GALE%7CA283752170&userGroupName=cant48040&jsid=cae33e3ae1b5f0d52920ada1eafde507>.Zoroya, Gregg. "Pentagon Researches Alternative Treatments."USA Today.Web. 30 Mar. 2012.<http://proxygsu-sche.galileo.usg.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=J0E321477634008&site=ehost-live>.