Post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the war on mental health

Memorial Day, commemorates all those who lost their lives in war and a call to professionals, for the mental health and quality of life of those who return.

Post-traumatic stress disorder – PTSD – can be a result of war trauma, such as receiving injuries or witnessing others. Photo: shutterstock.

Where Puerto RicoThere are many lives that have been given and are currently being taken away in the wars that the United States is going through, and many personalities accompany the pain of families, and the mark they leave is in the lives of all those affected.

in order to protect the interests, territories and ideals of the country; But likewise, the effects collected in the war for the lives of its contributors, are effects that generate a negative mental health effect, and both Soldiersas affected by the fires of war.

In the Memorial Daycommemorates all those who gave their lives from the first conflict to the present, and who contributed their lives to the security and benefit of the nation.

But, likewise, the Soldiers who return after a period of service in the army in various countries where there is armed conflict, such as Iraq or Afghanistan, and their number is about 300 thousand. SoldiersThey are no longer the same as those who initially left, as confirmed by a 2008 study by the RAND Corporation Study Center. She noted that 18% of those who come back do so because of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression, but in fact only 9% of those seek help or psychological support.

In this same study, it was established that PTSD can be a result of war trauma, such as receiving injuries or witnessing others.

Symptoms of PTSD include:

  • irritability;

  • temper tantrums

  • sleep difficulties

  • Concentration problems

  • Exaggerated response to sudden situations.

This in some special cases, according to the RAND Corporation, can lead to suicide.

That is why this company, in its recommendations to the US government, creates some mechanisms so that care is provided confidentially and does not affect their position or career.

Reed Steele, a Seattle-based mental health therapist and PTSD counselor, says, “A PTSD diagnosis never goes away. And to say one is cured … would be very optimistic.”

Despite this, few men or women who returned from war did not seek help, deteriorating their mental health and also jeopardizing their physical health.

Elizabeth Nelson, Professor of Psychology at Morehead University, US, emphasized in her paper published by the American Psychological Association -APA- that “military culture and traditional masculine ideals lead to avoidance of disclosure and talking about traumatic experiences that can interfere with appropriate treatment.”

Testimonies collected from war participants recounting their lives once they return to their lands and to their lives and families, open the door today to start talking about the topic and their health. Soldiers Veterans, “The military influences who you are, it shapes you a certain way and then when they take it all away from you it can be very destructive. Your place. You wonder who you are and what your purpose in life is. Your personal development is paused or worsened,” Ian Smith, a 38-year-old former Marine, who until 2005 deployed to Iraq in three shifts of six months.

Recent research has identified that psychiatric conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related conditions are associated with a significantly increased risk of life-threatening infections such as sepsis, endocarditis and meningitis. Stress-related disorder at a younger age.

Puerto RicoAs part of and a contributor to the ranks of the United States Army, this celebration is also presented by Medtronic, Carlos Rodriguez, Senior Director of Manufacturing Pons and Regional Leader of Medtronic Operations Puerto Ricoconfirms that they realize the value of all their members.

Rodriguez continues, “Veterans have provided invaluable service to our country and we now honor and help them develop and advance their careers at Medtronic. This memorial at our Ponce facility serves to honor all veterans.” sacrifice while serving and for their commitment to continue saving lives by producing life-saving technologies.”

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