Described in general, non-medical terms, post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental health condition typically caused by especially stressful events – things like fighting in wars waged between governments, home invasions, getting involved in street shootouts, being raped, or even getting in fights with one another, though some people come down with the condition stemming from far less intense situations – characterized by things like anxiety, depression, unstable emotions, and countless other mental health malfunctions.
People with PTSD – most publications refer to post-traumatic stress disorder by its short, sweet initialism – typically don’t fare as well in their careers, relationships, personal lives, schooling, and nearly every other aspect of life as we know it following their diagnoses.
New research from the established academic journal Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy suggests that people with PTSD – no matter what scenarios prompted the manifestation of the often-severe mental health disorder – typically don’t perform as well in academic contexts as their non-PTSD counterparts.
While post-traumatic stress disorder undoubtedly comes from people’s reaction to subjects outside of war, fighting in armed conflicts is the most popular cause of the common mental health disorder. As a matter of fact, PTSD is remarkably common among people who have defended their countries or other causes in armed combat. Because the majority of people considered in the aforementioned academic study are adults, worthy of note is the fact that children were largely excluded from the literature.
Some 2,000 people who attend roughly 500 universities collectively were polled for the research. Women typically befriend others in an attempt to cope with their conditions, whereas men are typically different-acting.
Rather than academic performance, the study compared “academic distress” with symptoms of PTSD. Those with more PTSD symptoms are typically more likely to experience more and more-intense periods of academic distress.