Veterans face numerous challenges once they’re done serving their time in the army. Some of these challenges can include finding a way to re-establish themselves back in their families, obtaining a civilian job, and dealing with mental health issues like PTSD, anxiety, and addiction.
Soldiers who return home go through a lifestyle change and after going through many emotionally traumatic experiences, there are many lingering consequences of trauma, depression, and long-term injuries.
Here are some things to expect after a life of serving in the army.
Living with PTSD
PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, is a disorder that develops when a person experiences a shocking and scary event that affects them for the rest of their lives.
PTSD is one of the most common disorders found in military personnel. According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, approximately 7 to 8% of the total population is afflicted with PTSD in their lives, while military veterans are more likely to develop it.
Mood changes, flashbacks of traumatic events, frightening thoughts, and nightmares are very common along with sleep disorders, and cognitive changes.
Creating a New Routine
Army veterans are instructed to follow a strict routine that involves following a chain of commands like waking up at the crack of dawn, eating at predetermined hours, and retiring early to bed.
But when transitioning to a civilian life, army veterans have to create their own structure and re-adjust their military routines to follow the pace of their environment. These people might also have to get a doctor, life insurance, and a dentist since these amenities were already provided to them previously in the military.
80% of army veterans struggle with alcohol abuse, while 25% of them face a proclivity towards illicit drugs.
Heavy drinking and tobacco use is an accepted practice in the military and that is the reason many army veterans face substance abuse patterns later in life as well. Even after getting treated for addiction, the symptoms of withdrawal combined with PTSD amplify the negative impact and it often leads to relapse.
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