“Research Explains Why Some Soldiers Don’t Suffer from PTSD” by Affirunisa Kankudti

24 Feb

From the website Counsel & Heal:

“When researchers analyzed the mental health of all soldiers in the study who had witnessed traumatic events during war, they found that just 31 percent developed any PTSD. Even in veterans with extreme exposure to violence, some 30 percent never experienced any PTSD.

Study analysis showed that among people who suffered from PTSD later in life, pre-war risk factors like abuse played a role in stress later in life. Also, people who joined war before age 25 years had higher risk of developing PTSD later, showing that age is also a factor in raising PTSD risk in people. Inflicting harm on civilians or prisoners was also associated with PTSD in war veterans.”


INCIDENTALLY: in 2012, more American soldiers died from suicide than in combat. There were 349 suicides last year, compared to 295 soldiers killed in combat in Afghanistan. That’s a rate of almost one suicide a day. Most of the soldiers who commit suicide are between the ages of 18 and 24. The numbers of suicides and reported cases of PTSD in the military have been steadily climbing over the last five years.



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