Soldiers’ stress may start early

The Philadelphia Inquirer:

Childhood abuse and previous exposure to violence may raise a soldier’s risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study says.

Researchers followed 746 Danish soldiers before, during, and after deployment to Afghanistan; 84 percent of them showed no PTSD symptoms or recovered quickly from mild symptoms.

The soldiers who developed PTSD were much more likely to have suffered emotional problems and traumatic events at some point in their lives before they went to war.

Childhood experiences of violence, especially physical punishment – abuse – harsh enough to cause bruises, cuts, burns, and broken bones, predicted the PTSD onset in some soldiers, concluded the study in Psychological Science.

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