Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the Military Comparison Essay by ABCs

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the Military
A comparative study of post traumatic stress disorder between military and private contractors stationed in Iraq.
# 113063 | 2,400 words | 13 sources | APA | 2009 | US

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In this article, the writer focuses on the impact of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on US military personnel currently serving in a war zone. The writer examines current literature on PTSD, current theories and treatments and the ability to adapt to society after they return to life in a conflict-free zone. This research uses a survey to examine the effectiveness of current treatments for PTSD among a population of military personnel and private contractors stationed in the war zone. The writer concludes that this study will play an important role in the further development of techniques to help those who spend time in a war zone avoid PTSD and allow them to return to a state of normalcy as quickly as possible.

Americans at War
The Effects of Life in a War Zone
Literature Review
Military Statistics
The Affects of War on an Individual
Current Treatment Options for PTSD
Veterans of Previous Wars
After the War
Study Participants
Survey Instrument
Data Collection
Statistical Analysis

From the Paper:

"Conflict is a part of the human condition. Although most would prefer peace, sometimes war represents an inevitable reality. Since the founding of our nations, Americans have been called to serve our nation in the armed forces numerous times. The latest conflict is only one event in a long chain of wars dotting American history. Every time there is a conflict, three things are inevitable: casualties, fatalities, and survivors.
"Fatalities are a part of life in the war zone. It is a reality that every military person faces every day. For those that become casualties, they are often left with permanent reminders of their life in the war zone. However, not all casualties are physical. Life in the war zone leaves lasting emotional scars on everyone who survives, whether they were injured or not. Often these emotional scars go unrecognized, or have no apparent affect on daily life, but for some, they can affect their life to a degree that makes it difficult to cope. These emotional effects are the topic of this research."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Calhoun, P. S., Beckham, J. C., & Bosworth, H. B. (2002). Caregiver burden and psychological distress in partners of veterans with chronic posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 15, 205-212.
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  • Hoge, C., Castro, C., Messer, S., McGurk, D., Cotting, D., and Koffman, R. (2004). Combat Duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, Mental Health Problems and Barriers to Care. 351:13-22. Retrieved June 30, 2008 from
  • Kang HK, Natelson BH, Mahan CM, Lee KY, Murphy FM. (2003) Post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic fatigue syndrome-like illness among Gulf War veterans: a population-based survey of 30,000 veterans. Am J Epidemiol 157:141-148.
  • Larson, G. E., Highfill-McRoy, R. M., Booth-Kewley, S. (2008). Psychiatric Diagnoses in Historic and Contemporary Military Cohorts: Combat Deployment and the Healthy Warrior Effect. Am J Epidemiol 167: 1269-1276

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