Veterans and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD) is an anxiety related disorder that occurs in people that may have been exposed for short or long times to events that cause psychological trauma. Intrestingly, the phenomenon is more common in war veterans, and the rates of its occurrence are high in all veterans regardless of the war they participated. All through history people have been cognizant of the fact that combat exposure impacts negatively on mental health. Historically, the diagnosis of PTSD was based on observing effects of combat on the involved combatants, and as such it was at times referred to as ‘war neurosis’ or ‘combat fatigue’.
Researchers have been have often been interested in finding out to what extent PTSD occurs among veterans. Rates have actually been found to be high. However, recent empirical observations have indicated that the condition is now connected to other mental conditions such as dementia. This connection has least been researched. However, there is speculation that veterans with PTSD are highly likely to get dementia, another medical condition that causes a seroius loss of cognitive capacity (Mitchell, 2010). There are also questions as to whether non-veterans with PTSD have a high likelihood of getting dementia.
As result, of this observations and interest developed in this findings and speculations found within literary works on psychology and mental illnesses; I would like to delve deeper into a research that may establish answers to these uncertainties. The findings to be obtained may have significance in the field of psychology. This is because they will help psychologists understand the connection between the two mental disorders amongst veterans with PTSD. This may also be used in preventing veterans and other PTSD victims from dementia (Qureshi et al, 2010).
Mitchell, D. (2010). PTSD and Veterans. Retrieved on 16th Septemeber, 2010 from http://www.emaxhealth.com/1275/dementia-risk-higher-veterans-ptsd.
Qureshi et al. (2010). PTSD and Veterans.Journal of the American Geriatrics Society volume number 58, issue number 9.