Mount Pleasant Magazine Sept/Oct 2021

85 www.MountPl easantPodcas t . com | www. ReadMPM. com | www. I LoveMountPl easant . com P ost-traumatic stress disorder: we all know what it means, but do we understand the impact of PTSD on the daily lives of those who suffer from it? Probably not–how on earth could anyone comprehend the experience of a military veteran in a war-torn area without having a shared or even similar experience? According to the American Psychiatric Association, PTSD is clinically defined as “a psychiatric disorder that may occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat or rape, or who BY J EANNE TAYLOR Thank You For Your Service How Veterans Benefit From a Calming Relationship with Service Animals Photo by J eanne Tay l or Photography.