Power Tools for Technical Communication: Headings Practice

In this lab, you add headings to a technical document:
  1. Copy the text below this box, and paste it into your preferred word-processing software.

  2. Add the following title and headings at the appropriate points in the text and at the appropriate levels (use second- and third-level headings):

    Traumatic Events
    Experienced trauma
    Witnessed trauma
    Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress
    Repeated reliving

  3. You are welcome to use other fonts or other typographical effects, but bold on these headings works just fine.
  4. Put your name, Headings Practice: Print, and the date on this document, and and either print it out or show it on screen to your instructor, or send it be e-mail attachment to your instructor.

Years ago, some military veterans were diagnosed with what was then called "shell shock" or "combat fatigue." Today, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) sufferers are known to include survivors of war, rape, or any other event that involves actual or threatened physical injury or assault. [1:4]

First-hand experience of trauma may result in PTSD. Examples include:

PTSD may result from witnessing a loved one being hurt or killed especially when the event includes personal threat. Contemporary examples include people who witnessed September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and afterward suffered symptoms of PTSD.

Statistics show that PTSD has become very common. Four studies [1:5;d 2] point to the following statistics:

Symptoms occurred Vietnam veterans Rape victims Rate of occurrence Teenaged victims
1 week after
1 year after
At some point
5% of men
10% of women

Note: "-" means data was not found; teenagers were victims of various assaults.

The National Institute of Mental Health says that PTSD can lead to depression, anxiety disorders, and feelings of intense guilt. [3] Many sufferers uncontrollably re-experience the trauma in their mind. In general, symptoms fall into three categories including:

The victim "relives" the event, which disturbs day-to-day activity. This category includes:

Victims may distance themselves in various ways, including:

The victim's reaction to normal activities may be altered. These symptoms include:

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