1. “Is PTSD contagious?”
- There must be some backing to this question, else it would not have been asked
- PTSD presented as a sickness, if it could be contagious
- Post-traumatic stress disorder is a real thing, as the title suggests
2. “It’s rampant among returning vets—and now their spouses and kids are starting to show the same symptoms.”
- PTSD is rampant amongst vets… do all of them have it?
- Vets are only ones that can acquire PTSD
- Used in this sense it seems to be more like a spreadable disease
- Spouses and kids starting to show the same symptoms – as a result of the vets
3. “Brannan Vines has never been to war. But she’s got a warrior’s skills: hyperawareness, hypervigilance, adrenaline-sharp quick-scanning for danger, for triggers. Super stimuli-sensitive.”
- Brannan has never been to war.
- Warrior’s skills include hyperawareness, hypervigilance, etc.
- Brannan is a warrior despite never being to war.
- Triggers are a big factor in her symptoms, as she scans for them.
4. “And as slippery as all that is, even less understood is the collateral damage, to families, to schools, to society—emotional and fiscal costs borne long after the war is over.”
- Collateral damage from PTSD is implied, and even less understood than the already-misunderstood disorder itself.
- There are costs after war itself ends due to this.
5. “Caleb has been home since 2006, way more than enough time for Brannan to catch his symptoms. The house, in a subdivision a little removed from one of many shopping centers in a small town in the southwest corner of Alabama, is often quiet as a morgue.”
- Caleb has not been exposed to PTSD-inducing war since 2006. This article was released in early 2013.
- Brannan “caught” the symptoms that he was displaying.
- Implies that it is in fact contagious.
- Their house is quiet, meaning it is very unlikely to have a noise issue relating to the PTSD.
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