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PTSD: The Military Individual and Family

This week’s emphasis on war and violence especially in highlight the soldiers of the Iraq War provide the aftermath effects of political chaos. People are severely traumatized at the end of disputes, which are indirectly or directly encoded with economic motivations. In the Iraq article we see the health outcomes of most of these men and women who decide to serve their country. We can see that PTSD would be of high potentiality when death and bombs are a habitual aspect of a soldier’s life and when concussions and head injuries are of the norm especially since bombs are the main contributors of the health problem. The article also highlights the neurological effects of such experiences including additional medical problems that are not only limited to mental health issues.

We see this problem unfold as of  now, soldiers are coming back from their traumatic experience, many with injuries. The majority of the injuries involved are not limited to a broken arm but fall along the realms of mental health, aspects which not only affect the individual but additionally can cause traumatic events to their loved ones. PTSD alone can cause families to experience traumatic effects, from divorces, to domestic violence, and in some cases soldiers have committed suicide or have killed. Most PTSD cases can cause mental phobias, such as avoiding places people and experiences that remind them of the trauma in war. Many also experience anger problems, difficulties in memory and hypervigilance. Considering that many soldiers have families, these symptoms can be detrimental and dangerous for loved ones to be around  considering that they are unsure in what condition the solider may be experiencing. The pride that American professes in the military should continue when soldiers finish their service by providing the adequate psychological services in order for them to reacquaint with life after war. It is not only helping the soldier, it is helping families throughout the nation.

Below I provide a highly dramaticized depiction of a solider returning home.


2 responses to “PTSD: The Military Individual and Family

  1. It amazes me that wars exist, that people would subject others to such violence. It’s so sad that not only are way too many lives lost, but lives are also lost beyond the physical sense. Identity is part of who a person is and when that is affected by such traumatic events, a person is changed. PTSD is a very serious condition that should not be taken lightly. Even when a war is over and a soldier has returned home, it does not change the horrors that he/she has witnessed. In some cases violence is perpetuated–violence in war leads way to domestic violence. More should be done to address the psychological effects of war, not only for soldiers returning, but also for their families. It’s important for families to be aware that adjustment is necessary and cannot be forced.

  2. You bring up a really good point in mentioning that it’s the duty of American citizens to provide their soldiers with proper rehab measures. Going through PTSD doesn’t just affect the soldier, it affects everyone around them. The veterans fight for our freedom, yet when some of them come back their minds are caged. We need to be able to bestow upon them the respect that they deserve and create programs worthy of the sacrifices they made.

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