Lesson Plan: Treatment for PTSD: More Nightmares
II. While Reading Task: Word -Recognition
My first session began with my therapist, a graduate student finishing up his doctorate in clinical psychology, offering a kind of apology.I understood. Two decades before, as a newly minted infantry lieutenant in the Marine Corps, I’d been charged with the welfare of a platoon of 30 young Marines. Too often my best wasn’t good enough, and I made a number of errors in judgment while in command, errors that bother me to this day. Offering my therapist some grace seemed like my only option.
- therapist |ˈTHerəpist| noun-a psychoanalyst, psychologist, etc., who treats psychological problems; a psychotherapist: cost is one factor keeping them from the therapist ‘s couch.
- welfare fare |ˈwelˌfe(ə)r| noun- the health, happiness, and fortunes of a person or group: they don’t care about the welfare of their families.
- judgment |ˈjəjmənt| noun-he ability to make considered decisions or come to sensible conclusions: an error of judgment | that is not, in my judgment, the end of the matter.
- V.A. The abbreviation for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
- weird |wi(ə)rd| adjective-informal very strange; bizarre: a weird coincidence.
- Post-traumatic stress |ˈpoʊst ˌtrɔˈmædɪk ˈstrɛs dəˌsɔrdər| noun-a condition of persistent mental and emotional stress occurring as a result of injury or severe psychological shock, typically involving disturbance of sleep and constant vivid recall of the experience, with dulled responses to others and to the outside world.
- assume |əˈso͞om| verb [ with obj. ] suppose to be the case, without proof: you’re afraid of what people are going to assume about me.
- prolonged |prəˈlôNGd, -ˈläNGd| adjective-continuing for a long time or longer than usual; lengthy: the region suffered a prolonged drought.
- restrict |riˈstrikt| verb [ with obj. ] put a limit on; keep under control: some roads may have to be closed at peak times to restrict the number of visitors.
- draining |drān| verb [ with obj. ] deprive of strength or vitality: his limbs were drained of all energy | Ruth slumped down in her seat, drained by all that had happened.
Source: New Oxford American Dictionary
Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage
After being discharged I worked as a reporter.
The treatment worked for about 85 percent of people.
I rode in a helicopter that was nearly shot down.