Memories Of The Gulf War Syndrome

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9 MEMORY LOSS IN GULF WAR SYNDROME Katherine Krishun What Causes Memory Loss in Gulf War Syndrome? Chemical Exposure or Stress? PSY 101/112 10/24/2016 Gulf War Syndrome is a chronic multi symptom illness affecting 250,000 of the 697,000 1991 Desert Storm Gulf War veterans. Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans may also suffer from this syndrome. The Veterans Administration “refers to these illnesses as “chronic multi symptom illness” and “undiagnosed illnesses”. We prefer not to use the term “Gulf War Syndrome” when referring to medically unexplained symptoms reported by Gulf War veterans. Why? Because symptoms vary widely” (Gulf War Veterans Medically Unexplained Illnesses, 2016). The illnesses included in this syndrome are: chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, functional gastrointestinal disorders, and undiagnosed illnesses including fatigue, cardiovascular disease, muscle and joint pain, respiratory disorders, headaches neurological and psychological problems, and sleep disorders. Research is being done on the correlation of combined chemical exposure plus stress and their effects on memory. Many veterans suffer from PTSD and some researchers believe that the Gulf War Syndrome (GWS) symptoms are in response to the stress associated with PTSD alone. Other researchers believe that along with stress, there are neurological deficits linked with chemical exposures. Prior to entering the theatre of operation, veterans were given

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