1. Is PTSD Contagious? From this article that is what is seems like.
2. Brannan Vines has never been to war. This is a casual claim.
3. Brannan has a warrior’s skills: “hyperawareness, hypervigilance, adrenaline-sharp quick-scanning for danger, for triggers”. This is a categorical claim because it categories these traits that Brannan has. How can she have these type of skills? Can it be from being with her husband who has gone to war and has PTSD…
4. “Her nose starts running she’s so pissed” Brannan must easily get mad for every little thing considering the fact she is getting so pissed because an elderly woman needs an extra minute to pay for stuff. It can be very well her PTSD that is making her very inpatient.
5. Brannan Vines husband, Caleb was sent to Iraq twice and served as a designated marksman. This is a categorical claim categorizing Caleb’s position in the military.
6. “Like Brannan’s symptoms. Hypervigilance sounds innocuous, but it is in fact exhaustingly distressing, a conditioned response to life-threatening situations.” This is a definition claim because it’s defining hypervigilance as exhaustingly distressing and a conditioned response to life-threatening situations.
7. “Caleb has been home since 2006, way more than enough time for Brannan to catch his symptoms.” This is a definition claim because it provides us the time it takes for a person to catch PTSD.
8. “When a sound erupts—Caleb screaming at Brannan because she’s just woken him up from a nightmare, after making sure she’s at least an arm’s length away in case he wakes up swinging” This is a casual claim, showing one of the symptoms of PTSD.
9. “Even when everyone’s in the family room watching TV, it’s only connected to Netflix and not to cable, since news is often a trigger.” Definition claim because the news is a trigger to PTSD.
10. “Their German shepherd, a service dog trained to help veterans with PTSD” Categorical claim because the dog is categorized as a service dog.