War is hell. And for many soldiers, the experience leaves lasting scars. And not just physical ones. A subset of veterans develop posttraumatic stress disorder or PTSD. But it might not be only the horrors of battle that make them susceptible. According to a study in the journal Psychological Science [link to come] echoes of childhood abuse may contribute.
Psychologists assessed the mental health of hundreds of Danish soldiers before, during and 8 months after they were shipped to Afghanistan. Turns out the vast majority, some 84%, were resilient, showing no undue signs of stress at any time. A small number, about 4%, developed PTSD, with symptoms that showed up when the troops returned home.
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