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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Researchers link ‘unfounded’ wars to increased risk of PTSD?

Is this possible? Sure but it is not probable in most cases of PTSD. Why? Because most of the time they are not concerned with the politics behind sending them. They have other issues more important to worry about while they are deployed. Staying alive is one of them, trying to make sure their buddies stay alive is also very important to them especially when they would die to save their friends. This is almost as bad as when Major Gen. Dana Pittard said "suicides is a selfish act" "Guilt related" in other words, survivors guilt, happens no matter if they agree with the reason behind sending them or not.
Researchers link ‘unfounded’ wars to increased risk of PTSD
RAW Story
By Eric W. Dolan
Sunday, March 24, 2013

New research suggests that post-traumatic stress disorder is linked to social morality, a finding that helps elucidate the relationship between politics and veterans’ mental health.

“The clinical psychological literature suggests that a key factor in PTSD experienced by soldiers at war is the guilt that is experienced from perpetrated acts of violence that violate moral standards,” the study’s lead author, David Webber of the University of Alberta, explained to Raw Story. “This is why in our study we focused on guilt-related symptoms. In the sense that killing is deemed immoral in most cases, and soldiers are asked to kill, it’s only if a soldier is able to view that killing as different or acceptable (i.e., moral), that guilt should not arise.”

The study, to be published in the April issue of the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, found that social consensus played an important role in feelings of guilt. The research was co-authored by Jeff Schimell, Andy Martens, Joseph Hayes, and Erik H. Fauche.
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Gulf War veterans have survivors guilt even though the majority of the country fully supported them. WWII, WWI veterans had survivors guilt just as Korean War and Vietnam veterans suffered from it. This study would not have been on my to do list to offer publicity to unless there was an ulterior motive behind it like the title chosen of "unfounded wars" when this is the title they used on their own article. "Using a Bug-Killing Paradigm to Understand How Social Validation and Invalidation Affect the Distress of Killing"

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