Does War Affect Soldiers Positively or Negatively? Anthony Laforet SLC: Magnet
Importance To strengthen the awareness of a soldiers mind when exposed to war. To help soldiers who have been through a traumatic war. Understanding the affects will make it easier on future troops.
War Effects Soldiers Negatively Emotionally: destroys a soldier and his or her family Physical effects: Bodies are not ready to withstand the true affects of war Psychologically: Breaks the mind, and leaves it impaired
Emotional Effects Coping with war- Soldiers are constantly surrounded by death. Manali Oak states that, "Witnessing deaths becomes an almost everyday incident for soldiers at war”(Oak.) Soldiers are often plagued with flashbacks of the things they have done and seen.
Jesus Bocanegra Army infantry scout for units that pursued Saddam Hussein in his home town of Tikrit” Suffers from flash blacks. One of his reoccurring flashbacks is, “Calling in an Apache helicopter strike on a house by the Tigris River where he had seen crates of enemy ammunition carried in. When the gunfire ended there was silence. But then children’s cries and screams drifted from the destroyed home”(Bocanegra.)
Psychological Effects Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is an anxiety disorder that a person can get by living through a traumatic event.
The three types of PTSD Symptoms Re-experiencing Symptoms: Includes reliving traumatic events, nightmares, or scary thoughts. Avoidance Symptoms: Includes losing interest in things the person liked before the event, staying away from certain places, feeling strong guilt, depression or worry. Hyper Arousal Symptoms: Includes being on edge, easily startled, and having trouble sleeping as well as violent outbursts.
Going Home When a soldier goes home they may not fully be there. They can suffer from a number of things such as, post traumatic stress disorder, flashbacks, and addictions to things.
Coping with War While on the front lines soldiers develop ways to cope with what they have seen and done. Some people develop addictions to alcohol and drugs.
Work Cited Oak, Manali. “Emotional Effects of War on Soldiers.” Buzzle.com Buzzle,2010. Web 16 Dec 2010. http://www.buzzle.com/articles/emotional-effects-of-war-on-soldiers.html. Welch, William. “Trauma of Iraq haunting thousands returning home.” USA Today, 28, Feb 2005. Web 19 Dec 2010. http://www.usatoday.com/newswarld/iraq/2005-02-28-cover-iraq-injuries-x.htm.