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Many people are not aware of the conditions that can plague a soldier when they return home from war. We should all be aware of these conditions. Doing so will help us to gain a better understanding of what it is our soldiers must deal with once they return home from war.
It has often been said that the person who went to war is not the same person as the one who came back home. This is a very true statement considering that what each soldier sees on the battlefield can not be unseen. These images seep into their dreams, and sounds can trigger old emotions from war. This is why Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, also known as PTSD, is so prevalent among soldiers.
There are many other disorders that tend to create suffering for veterans of war, and many are long-term. Some suffer from DAH (disordered action of the heart), some suffer from effort syndrome, and others suffer from the effects of Agent Orange. Many of these disorders present the same side effects, but each patient varies in symptoms. However, it is common for a veteran to suffer from sleep difficulties, headaches, problems with memory, and many more side effects. Most of these disorders cannot be explained medically, therefore there really is no treatment available.
A positive attitude, avoidance of war movies and news, as well as avoidance of alcohol are some ways to promote healing. This isn't the cure, however, if you are close with someone who has returned from war, this might help reduce emotional disturbance and anxiety.
There are also visible side effects of war known. One of these is trench foot. Trench foot can occur when feet are exposed for a prolonged period of time to moisture. This is a terrible side effect of war that eventually ends with the tissue dying due to poor blood circulation. As long as this medical condition is treated properly, there is a chance for complete recovery. The same goes for trench foot in hikers as well.
Anyone who has participated in military operations is susceptible to suffer from a disorder known as fog of war. The symptoms of this order are just as the name suggests, as the person suffering from this disorder shows uncertainty regarding their own capability.
Often, it is hard for a veteran of war to discuss their medical and mental health with others, which is why many people are unaware of these medical conditions. Many returned soldiers have a fear of judgement, mistrust, and even anger over their own actions during war. There is a sense of regret and helplessness, but this is not to say each veteran feels the exact same way.
If we as a public gain better understanding and support our veterans after they have returned home from war there is possibly a better chance for healing. As of now there are far too many disorders that have no possible remedies. Each day should not be a struggle after fighting to defend your country. Prescription drugs are not always the answer, and they can create even larger issues. As I stated earlier, the best we can do at this point is to create a positive environment to lessen daily stresses.
If you are a soldier of war, or live with a person who has previously fought in war, remember to breathe. It is okay to discuss your concerns in regards to the problems that can present challenges to your daily life. Most importantly be patient, try to relax, and remember to exercise to promote a better way of life.