Trauma and mental illness are often related to the events a particular person has experienced throughout their life. Specific conditions that a person suffers from emerge as an inherent response to outside stimuli, combined with the psyche’s attempts at processing it. This consideration is even more important when considering PTSD, a mental disorder primarily born from experienced trauma.
In the military and veteran population, especially the condition can often be found. This tendency is due to a variety of factors. Most prominently, military veterans come from the background of active combat, which involves both a lot of stress and personal risk. It has been proven by research that military conflict is largely harmful to a person’s sense of safety, security and self. The process of killing other people, being injured or engaging in high-risk situations is always inherentlytraumatic. The prolonged exposure to active combat leaves a lasting impact on veterans, and causes many of them to suffer from PTSD.
The veteran population, additionally, often does not have the adequate means or support mechanisms that enable their healing after exposure to trauma, meaning that their mental problems are most likely deep-seated and complicated. The lives of people going to war can often be full of turmoil, often caused by the additional trauma such individuals experience during combat. This can often have an alienating effect on the people around them, or lead to generally unhappier lives, further impeding the healing process.