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PTSD and Violent Tendencies

PTSD is a widespread consequence of mild traumatic brain injury, as described in the research study on soldiers returning from Iraq. Depression and other symptoms are also more common in those who experience a head injury such as a concussion. The study highlights the dangerous effects of mild traumatic brain injury on the lives of soldiers after they return home from combat. These scars are not usually visible, but their far-reaching consequences are very real and can be extremely harmful on the health and social relationships of veterans.

Mild traumatic brain injury can lead to changes in personality, as this page describes. The effects of PTSD can also lead to an increase in violent tendencies. This change in behavior is frequently seen in domestic violence, and studies have shown that PTSD in veterans and higher incidences of domestic violence are closely correlated. This is becoming a widespread problem, as veterans return home with invisible wounds that may not be recognized and treated. This enlightening ethnography shows the individual experience of one woman dealing with her veteran husband’s domestic violence. The following video offers some interesting facts about the long term consequences of mild traumatic brain injury as well.

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One response to “PTSD and Violent Tendencies

  1. Nicole ⋅

    Your blog brings up a correlation that the average citizen does not realize: the correlation between domestic violence and veterans whom have suffered from previous head injury. There are many veterans whom return back home, perhaps with a brain injury, and risk hurting both themselves and their family members. Also, the video you posted urges its viewers to think about why we humans must protect our brain. Without the brain functioning properly, an individual risks a lot of pain inflicted on both himself/herself and others who come in contact as well. I hope more awareness is brought to the public, especially those living with veterans suffering from PTSD, to avoid harm before it is too late.

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