Mental Health Issues Among Women Iraq / Afghanistan Combat Veterans

938 Words Sep 29th, 2016 4 Pages
Mental Health Issues among Women Iraq/Afghanistan Combat Veterans PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder has been an area of conflict for war veterans for many decades. In the last decade or so, however, people have become more aware of what exactly it is and how detrimental it can be to those fighting for our country. Along with the rise in awareness of PTSD, another variable has recently become an issue in the world of PTSD. In an article from ScienceDaily, Wiley suggests that allowing women to see combat exposure can put them at greater risk for mental health issues such as PTSD, depression, and other mental health concerns that affect every aspect of their post-deployment life (2016). America has done vast research on the effects of war on men, but far less research has been done concerning the influence of war on women (Runnals et. al, 2013, p. 1530). This issue of women in combat has been given much attention through the media, but not much scientific study has been conducted surrounding it (Vogt et. al, 2011, p. 798). In Wiley’s short article, 42,397 women enlisted in the army who had returned from Iraq/Afghanistan were asked to rank their combat exposures from 0-3+. Every combat exposure was linked to increased probability to develop mental health issues such as PTSD, depression, and at-risk drinking. The most likely effect of combat exposure was PTSD. Women who scored themselves at a combat exposure level of 3+ were 20 times more likely to develop PTSD…

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