Posted by: reisendame | February 26, 2007

Soldiers and their families should be entitled to psychological treatment, especially as needs increase

death_1001031.jpgAn American Psychological Association report released today calls attention to the increasing mental health needs of military personnel and their families. Experts say that deployment creates an environment rife with potential for emotional problems, considering the reality of long-term separation, the possibility of death in combat or otherwise, and the impact of a soldier’s overall experience of war-time brutality. Mental health issues surrounding military engagement is not a novel idea. After the American Civil War, survivors were sentimentally diagnosed with a “soldier’s heart;” in the twentieth century, “shell shock” and “combat fatigue” were euphemisms used for emotional suffering after the first and second world wars. The impact of post-traumatic stress syndrome was not brought into the public eye so seriously until the aftermath of the Vietnam War, however, when soldiers were insufficiently economically compensated for mental health treatment since there was no real medical diagnosis for the disorder. Now, however, the field of psychology has made great advances and the number of practicioners has expanded as well. The fact that psychological research is at the forefront of modern science means that it should be put to good use. Our soldiers are risking their lives for the sake of America, and the least our country can do for them is make sure they and their families receive much-deserved and needed psychiatric attention. Psychiatric suffering generally does not disappear if it goes unpronounced or untreated, and the bravest of Americans should not be trapped in a private hell even after surviving the hells of organized combat. Psychological afflictions affect every aspect of a person’s life, and can manifest themselves as extremely debilitating diseases. The gravity of their nature can be comparable to the loss of a limb or paralysis, though not as immediately recognizable. The United States should be held just as accountable in treating mental effects of military engagement as it is for physical treatment. Soldiers and their families sacrifice a great deal for our country, and the emotional traumas they endure cannot just be swept under the rug and ignored.

0529-02.jpg : Psychological Needs Of Military Personnel And Their Families Are Increasing, Reports Task Force



  1. Three very good posts on three very important and weighty topics. Good job!

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