Critical Reading—haveanelephantasticday

Cover your mouth when you cough, Don’t catch the PTSD

BRANNAN VINES HAS NEVER BEEN to war. But she’s got a warrior’s skills:

By saying this, the author is implying that to have warrior skills, you must have gone to war.

hyperawareness, hypervigilance, adrenaline-sharp quick-scanning for danger, for triggers

Do all warriors have these skills? Do only warriors have these skills?

Can civilians also be hyperaware? If you are hyperaware does it mean that you are also a warrior?

Her nose starts running she’s so pissed, and there she is standing in a CVS, snotty and deaf with rage, like some kind of maniac, because a tiny elderly woman needs an extra minute to pay for her dish soap or whatever.

Is she pissed because she has a short temper?

Is her anger definitely from the PTSD she has or is she just not very patient?

He’s one of 103,200, or 228,875, or 336,000 Americans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan and came back with PTSD.

Which number is it? Is there no total of PTSD victims? By saying that there are three different possible amounts of people suffering from PTSD thee author doesn’t seem very knowledgeable about the subject.

Those numbers are from people who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Are those the only war heroes that can develop PTSD?

Caleb has been home since 2006, way more than enough time for Brannan to catch his symptoms.

How would she have caught them? Are they spread through the air like a virus? Do they catch PTSD or develop it?

If Caleb was home after 2006 would Brannan have had enough time to catch it?

This PTSD picture is worse than some, but much better, Brannan knows, than those that have devolved into drug addiction and rehab stints and relapses.

How does Brannan know that her picture is better than the people who turned to drugs? Who is she to judge if it helps someone cope with their PTSD?

How does she know that Caleb’s PTSD isn’t worse than the people who do drugs?

“Sometimes I can’t do the laundry,” Brannan explains, reclining on her couch. “And it’s not like, ‘Oh, I’m too tired to do the laundry,’ it’s like, ‘Um, I don’t understand how to turn the washing machine on.

Does her secondary PTSD affect her memory?

Do all PTSD victims forget how to work appliances?

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