E04: Critical Reading – Alivewit55

  1. “Is PTSD Contagious?” When we talk about contagions we normally thing about bacterial diseases, so could PTSD be related to bacterial diseases? If we assume it is contagious, then there would have to be evidence of something bacterial that can cause PTSD.
  2. “But she’s got a warrior’s skills: hyperawareness, hypervigilance, adrenaline-sharp quick-scanning for danger, for triggers.” How could Brannan Vines acquire all these attributes without ever going to war? Either she “contracted” them from her husband, or merely adapted to her surroundings and was forced to enhance her survival skills to live somewhat comfortably.
  3. “sweet old lady” all old ladies are sweet and innocent.
  4. “even less understood is the collateral damage, to families, to schools, to society” All of the studies (or the few that have been done) on PTSD have garnered very little information on the patients, and even less on the damage done to their surroundings that are affected by them.
  5. “Hypervigilance sounds innocuous, but it is in fact exhaustingly distressing, a conditioned response to life-threatening situations.” Brannan Vines has never been in life-threatening situations, so how could she have PTSD if hypervigilance is only found in PTSD victims?
  6. “Imagine there’s a murderer in your house.” We can relate to how PTSD victims feel if we imagine a murderer is lurking near us to kill us.
  7. “Caleb has been home since 2006, way more than enough time for Brannan to catch his symptoms.” Using the word “catch” again relates PTSD to a bacterial disease. “Adapt” is a more proper word if in fact PTSD is contagious in any way.

Time ran out.

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