What Puts Veterans at a Higher Risk for PTSD?

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety condition in which the affected person undergoes changes in personality and behavior. He or she may become irritable, depressed, or overly sensitive to things in the environment. Some people with PTSD have complained, for instance, of feeling frightened by loud noises that previously didn’t bother them (e.g., fireworks on the 4th of July).

Many people with PTSD find that their relationships suffer. Their friends and family may feel overwhelmed by the changes they see in their loved one, unable to understand. People with PTSD may have trouble concentrating at work or feeling motivated to perform as they used to.

The military is starting to focus on preventative treatment for veterans by offering counseling and mental health assessment services to people who have recently been to war.

One aspect of war that has recently begun to be considered as a factor in whether someone develops PTSD is public opinion. A psychology study is showing that if soldiers feel that their actions during a war were justified, they are less likely to experience guilt and consequently develop PTSD. If they feel that their actions were wrong, however, they are more prone to show symptoms of PTSD.

The findings of the study have major implications for the soldiers who return home to find that the war they fought is considered wrong or unnecessary.

You can read more about the topic in detail at the link here:

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/03/24/research-suggests-unjust-wars-increase-risk-of-ptsd/

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