Military Sexual Trauma ( Mst )

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Military Sexual Trauma (MST), includes any sexual activity where you were involved against your will. When assessing a service member for MST it is important to use a biopsychosocial approach. Some biological or physical responses to MST may include, sexual difficulties, chronic pain, weight or eating problems or gastrointestinal problem. Psychologically, as a result of the MST service members may have PTSD or depression. They may also experience strong emotions, difficulties with memories, feeling of numbness, or trouble sleeping due to nightmares. Socially, service members may experience difficulties in their relationships. As a result of all of these symptoms, as service member may have problems with alcohol or drugs to cope with the emotions or memories they may have regarding the incident. Matthew is a veteran who experienced MST during a hazing incident. Some biopsychosocial issues Matthew present included emotional numbness regarding his excitement about his new job, self-medicating with alcohol, loss in relationships, guilt, isolation, and leaving his career. From a psychological aspect, Matthew was diagnosed with PTSD as a result of his MST and even suffered from suicidal thoughts. Socially, Matthew felt like he couldn’t connect to anyone, became isolated and due to this he lost many relationships. According to the Department of Veteran Affairs, men may experience more severe symptomatology than women, may be more likely to feel shame about their victimization, and
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