Mental Health and the Military
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This paper examines how there is a high rate of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among returning war veterans coupled with insufficient resources and/or education available to deal with the problem. It looks at how there are negative stigmas associated with those who suffer from PTSD as well the effects of societal stereotypes on sufferers due to a lack of education. The paper argues that we must remove the burden of reporting PTSD in the military and remove the negative associations by members of society put upon those diagnosed. The paper further discusses how civilian society, the military, and mental health professionals must all work together to ease the reintegration process of service members returning from a war zone in order to work towards effective treatment.
From the Paper:"Negative stereotypes, whether based in truth or ill founded, are a harmful and dangerous factor in dealing with PTSD. While the military places a stigma on its own for reporting PTSD symptoms, these negative associations extend into the civilian population as well. There is a lack of support and awareness for the traumas service members face. In a study examining the beliefs associated with mental health issues, many military veterans felt that society placed upon them a "perceived stigma" and believed a "label would be assigned to them if they sought help" (Stecker et al. 1361). The reason such a labeling exists may arise from a lack of education on behalf of the civilian population toward the stressors military service members face in a war zone. Many returning service members feel disconnected from civilian life and find it difficult to belong in a society that is non-military (Brenner et al. 211). Many civilians are uneducated about PTSD and military-related mental disorders. As a result, they view those diagnosed negatively. Therefore, a lack of education on behalf of civilian society causes negative labeling and stigmas to arise."
Sample of Sources Used:
- "What is PTSD?" National Center for PTSD. U.S Department of Veterans Affairs, 1 Jan. 2007. Web. 18 Nov. 2010.
- Ballenger, James C., et al. "Consensus Statement Update on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Fromthe International Consensus Group on Depression and Anxiety." Journal of Clinical Psychiatry 65 (2004): 55-62. Web. 19 Nov. 2010.
- Brenner, Lisa A., et al. "A Qualitative Study of Potential Suicide Risk Factors in Returning Combat Veterans." Journal of Mental Health Counseling 30.3 (2008): 211-225. Web. 18 Nov. 2010.
- Brown, William B. "Another Emerging "Storm": Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans with PTSD in the Criminal Justice System." Justice Policy Journal 5.2 (2008): 2-31. Web. 18 Nov. 2010.
- Corrigan, Patrick and Betsy Gelb. "Three Programs That Use Mass Approaches to Challenge the Stigma of Mental Illness." Psychiatric Services 57.3 (2006): 393-398. Web. 19 Nov. 2010.
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