Life, not war, causes post-traumatic stress, study claims

Life, not war, causes post-traumatic stress, study claims

Post-traumatic stress has occurred among military personnel throughout the ages. However, a new study has claimed that it is life, not war itself, which brings about the development of the condition.

A study in Denmark found that post-traumatic stress be looked at in a lifetime perspective.

Using Danish soldiers who had served in Afghanistan, professor Dorthe Bernsten surveyed personnel on the state of their health prior to departure for their tour, during their time in action and at different intervals after their return.

It was observed that those who developed post-traumatic stress disorder had already experienced trauma prior to going to Afghanistan and this affected their reactions to their time in combat.

This suggests that while war is certainly a contributing factor to the condition, it is not the primary reason.

Not only is this finding key for understanding the condition, it may also help militaries target those soldiers vulnerable to post-traumatic stress, bringing about early interventions to prevent the condition.

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