Presentation Title

How the US Government Fails to Properly Care for Veterans and Gender’s Contrast Behaviors from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Faculty Mentor

Jason Kordich

Start Date

17-11-2018 9:00 AM

End Date

17-11-2018 9:15 AM

Location

C153

Session

Oral 1

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

This research looks into post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a mental disorder that can stem from a traumatic situation, endangering the mental health of a patient. PTSD, most often seen in combat veterans, can be characterized by sleep deprivation, substance abuse, depression, among others that may lead to self-harm and lamentably suicide. This research identifies precursors for veterans developing PTSD as being exposed to inhumane situations during combat and underdiagnosed military sexual trauma (MST). MST affects men differently than women. At this time, the research finds how military culture hinders veterans to seek help after deployment. Men who experience MST have higher rates of PTSD and due to stigma are less likely to share their victimization than women. This research looks at how men primarily develop substance abuse and women are observed to develop personality and eating disorders from PTSD. The research also considers the veterans’ demand to include treatments that are not focused on solutions using medical prescriptions and their need for intimate partner violence therapies.

The understanding of these issues is critical because they help track stressors that make veterans take their own life. Through a literature review of interviews that discussed first-hand accounts and consulted peer-reviewed journals, this research observes how the government has kept their promise to care for war veterans and the methods of screening implied by the Department of Veterans Affairs. This research’s purpose is the identification of behaviors in gender and explores better treatment options. When PTSD is not appropriately addressed, it diminishes every area in the life quality of veterans and therefore increases the suicide rate. As veterans made the voluntary choice to sacrifice their peace for ours, our respect and gratitude are best demonstrated through a consistent follow-up system that benefits the efforts to care for veterans properly.

Summary of research results to be presented

PTSD, most often seen in combat veterans, can be characterized by sleep deprivation, substance abuse, depression, among others that may lead to self-harm and lamentably suicide. This research identifies precursors for veterans developing PTSD as being exposed to inhumane situations during combat and underdiagnosed military sexual trauma (MST). The gender contrast results demonstrate how men are affected primarily by developing alcohol abuse/dependence, whereas women with PTSD present depression and anxiety as a result of PTSD. Results also show how veterans have a desire to participate and see the need for the Veterans Affair (VA) to offer treatment for the family and especially for intimate partner violence (p 137, Allen et al, 2015). Additionally, this research shares how insomnia symptoms were cross-sectionally associated with suicidal ideation, even after accounting for symptoms of depression, hopelessness, PTSD diagnosis, anxiety symptoms, and drug and alcohol abuse and these also predicted suicide attempts prospectively at one-month follow up (Ribeiro, JD, et al, 2012). The research critically considers the 2017 “Veteran Suicide Data Sheet” report from US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) which reveals that of the 20 suicides a day that we reported in 2016, 14 are not under VA care. Finally, this research analyzes how veterans distrust the VA as they believe the military system has failed them as the VA’s treatment plan rely heavily on prescription medication rather than thoroughly examining the impact of the trauma holistically (p 395, Kintzle et al, 2015).

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How the US Government Fails to Properly Care for Veterans and Gender’s Contrast Behaviors from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

C153

This research looks into post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a mental disorder that can stem from a traumatic situation, endangering the mental health of a patient. PTSD, most often seen in combat veterans, can be characterized by sleep deprivation, substance abuse, depression, among others that may lead to self-harm and lamentably suicide. This research identifies precursors for veterans developing PTSD as being exposed to inhumane situations during combat and underdiagnosed military sexual trauma (MST). MST affects men differently than women. At this time, the research finds how military culture hinders veterans to seek help after deployment. Men who experience MST have higher rates of PTSD and due to stigma are less likely to share their victimization than women. This research looks at how men primarily develop substance abuse and women are observed to develop personality and eating disorders from PTSD. The research also considers the veterans’ demand to include treatments that are not focused on solutions using medical prescriptions and their need for intimate partner violence therapies.

The understanding of these issues is critical because they help track stressors that make veterans take their own life. Through a literature review of interviews that discussed first-hand accounts and consulted peer-reviewed journals, this research observes how the government has kept their promise to care for war veterans and the methods of screening implied by the Department of Veterans Affairs. This research’s purpose is the identification of behaviors in gender and explores better treatment options. When PTSD is not appropriately addressed, it diminishes every area in the life quality of veterans and therefore increases the suicide rate. As veterans made the voluntary choice to sacrifice their peace for ours, our respect and gratitude are best demonstrated through a consistent follow-up system that benefits the efforts to care for veterans properly.