Mental Illnesses In The Military

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Military and Mental Illnesses
In today’s society, it is nearly impossible to discredit the support, assistance, and roles that men and women in America have taken on and their contributions to protecting America throughout history which they continue to do today. More than ever, the population of the Armed Forces is constantly expanding and increasing daily is within the modern United States Military. However, over 2 million Americans have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade and increasing numbers are returning home with complex mental and behavioral health challenges (American Psychological Association [APA], 2009).
Due to the increasing numbers of men and women in the military, it has become imperative that the American
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Numerous studies have shown that not only are these people more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, but also other sex-related traumas and harassments that take place within their quarters. “Women in the military are at high risk for exposure to traumatic events, especially during times of war. Currently, about 15% of all military personnel in Iraq are women. Although men are more likely to experience combat, a growing number of women are now being exposed to combat. Women in the military are at higher risk for exposure to sexual harassment or sexual assault than men. Future studies are needed to better understand the effects of women's exposure to both combat and sexual assault” (PTSD: National Center of PTSD, 2007). Within these past recent years, a growing number of men and women alike have been speaking out as victims of Military Sexual Trauma, also referred to as MST. “Military Sexual Trauma is a psychological trauma, which in the judgment of a VA mental health professional, resulted from a physical assault of a sexual nature, battery of a sexual nature, or sexual harassment, which occurred while the Veteran was serving on active duty or active duty for training” (Military Sexual Assault and Trauma, 2011). This is an issue that…show more content…
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