Claims – sunshine2818

So she doesn’t. If she’s not saving lives on the phone or blogging, she’s offering support via Facebook, where thousands of Family of a Vet users and nearly 500 FOV volunteers congregate and commiserate. “I am now more hypervigilant than my husband,” volunteer Kateri Peterson posts to her Facebook page, and people comment things like “I know that even if my husband is having a decent day I am still in that alert mode and he is asking me to please relax and for the life of me, as hard as I try, I just can’t, I am still on the lookout. I know people probably think I am nuts.” On a private Facebook group, Kateri tells the story of how her family was at Olive Garden when she started sobbing into her Zuppa Toscana. There was no visible reason for it. Just the general overwhelmingness of her distress, of that awful overstimulating hypervigilance, the sort of thing you develop sometimes when you live with someone who looks out the living room window for danger literally hundreds of times a day, or who goes from room to room, room to room, over and over to make sure everyone in each one is still alive. Kateri’s eight-year-old son now also counts the exits in new spaces he enters, points them out to his loved ones, keeps a mental map of them at the ready, until war or fire fails to break out, and everyone is safely back home. It’s to help kids like that that Brannan and her volunteers put together an informational packet on secondary trauma for parents to give to teachers, explaining their battle-worthy idiosyncrasies and sensory-processing sensitivities. They’re common enough problems that the Department of Health and Human Services got in touch with Brannan about distributing the packet more widely.

Categorical claim – The author uses many examples to describing the actions that would otherwise be attributed to PTSD “Just the general overwhelmingness of her distress, of that awful overstimulating hypervigilance”

Quantitative, numerical, or comparative claim – The author states “They’re common enough problems that the Department of Health and Human Services got in touch with Brannan about distributing the packet more widely.”. This is implying that it is because the PTSD symptoms have become prevalent. 

Analogy claim – the author is making a comparison of the kids new behavior to the parent that has PTSD. “Kateri’s eight-year-old son now also counts the exits in new spaces he enters, points them out to his loved ones, keeps a mental map of them at the ready, until war or fire fails to break out, and everyone is safely back home

Categorical claim – again the author is naming several example or adjectives to describe PTSD symptoms. “explaining their battle-worthy idiosyncrasies and sensory-processing sensitivities”.

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