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Battling the Invisible Scars of War

The Dangers of Combat are More Than Just Physical

Soldiers, sailors and airmen are trained to expect high levels of stress during times of war. But for many, the realities of armed conflict can lead to serious emotional and psychological problems. These include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and other mental health issues. As a member of the military you may have been involved in or witnessed: 

  • combat situations
  • acts of terrorism
  • prolonged states of fear or anxiety
  • the death or serious injury of a comrade
  • periods of physical deprivation
  • mistreatment of civilians, prisoners or fellow soldiers
  • exposure to intense levels of noise and vibrations.

 

These Things Can Impact Even the Most Resilient Among Us

Maybe you're just back from the war, or maybe you've been discharged for a long time, and somehow you know you're not quite yourself. For example, you notice:

  • A particular mission or combat experience plays over in your mind
  • You have flashbacks or nightmares
  • You often feel angry or hostile
  • It's hard to connect with family and friends
  • Your sleep is not right
  • You have a hard time concentrating
  • You're drinking too much and/or abusing prescription or other drugs.

 

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