The Effects Of War On Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Veterans make up 7.3 percent of living Americans or about 22 million individuals and .4 percent are currently active duty according to Veteran Affairs data(2014). 3.9 million are current day veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom/ Enduring Freedom. Veterans are a minority within our country but have a much higher prevalence for substance abuse disorder and post traumatic stress disorder. The direct psychological impact of war can be seen especially in veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Around 20 percent of veterans come home with Post traumatic stress disorder, depression, generalized anxiety disorder, and substance abuse disorder which is usually co morbid with the illness. Many veterans, while they are in the…show more content…
The data from this report is telling us that alcohol will increase in quantity and use after exposure to combat or extreme stress and the abuse of alcohol will more then likely continue in veterans as they try to re integrate into civilian world. One third of veterans with PTSD will not receive the proper care or treatment and and a disturbing amount of 84 percent of veterans will not have their needs met in the treatment of AUD. This makes you wonder what the VA is really taking care of as this is the biggest health issue concern among veterans. Why does Veterans Affairs ignore the fact that AUD is one of the leading causes of suicide? There are 22 veteran suicides completed on a daily basis and this number is smaller than the true number as this is from veterans who are actually registered in the Veteran Affairs health system (Subhajit Chakravorty et al. 2014). The following are the leading factors leading to veteran suicide: The use of drugs and alcohol, male, white, married or separated, and having an mental health disorder. With the high risk factor for alcohol abuse you can correlate that it is related to suicide through a study that involved approximately 300 veterans who were being seen for depression and who eventually completed suicide. These cases all involved alcohol dependencies as a severe risk factor (Subhajit Chakravorty et al. 2014). A huge risk factor caused by alcohol is the development of insomnia. According to
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