Suicide within the military

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Suicide Within The Military

Stressed by war, long oversea tours, and other personal issues many soldiers kill themselves and even surpass the suicide rate among regular civilians. These certain soldiers suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These soldiers are needed to battle for our country and we can't afford to lose a passionate and strong patriot willing to die for their own nation. Army leaders said they were doing everything they could think of to end the deaths of the soldiers and requested more mental health professionals to join the army and help out. The military is trying to prevent further lives from being taken within their own men.

What is PTSD you may ask? Post-traumatic stress disorder is a severe anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to any event that results in psychological trauma. The psychological trauma's that may be included in a soldiers past may be war, natural disasters, car or plane crashes, terrorist attacks, sudden death of a loved one, kidnapping, and assault.

PTSD develops differently from person to person. While the symptoms of PTSD most commonly develop in the hours or days following the traumatic event, it can sometimes take weeks, months, or even years before they appear. The symptoms of this disorder appear seemingly out of the blue and at other times, they are triggered by something that reminds you of the original traumatic event, such as a noise, an image, certain words, or a smell. The main three symptoms are re-experiencing the traumatic event, avoiding reminders of the trauma, increased anxiety and emotional arousal.

Post-traumatic stress causes you to remain in psychological shock rather than taking sense in what happened and processing your emotions to get out of it. Your memory of what happened and your feelings about it are disconnected. You...