Combat stress: As old as war itself

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by PartTimePongo, Aug 15, 2005.

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  1. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4124558.stm

     
  2. ViroBono

    ViroBono LE Moderator

    There are pre-and post-deployment briefings for all pers deployed on ops, with easily accessible (in theory) help at any time before, during and after. PTSD is a much over-used term - many people will experience some trauma stress symptoms after critical incidents, but few will go on to develop true PTSD. However, it is not well understood outside the forces, and it could be argued that any publicity is useful. One day the government may even wake up to the appalling way veterans are treated, particularly those with mental health injuries.
     
  3. Amazing the care and sensitivity we employ in this area - whilst herded in a BFOT in Iraq, awaiting a lift out of theatre, we had the "psych" briefing. In the period before the brief, we were entertained and distracted by being shown "Enemy At The Gate"....I suppose it could have been Full Metal Jacket.........