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effects of war on the environment

  

effects of war on the environment




psychological effects of world war 1

       When war rages abroad, military personnel, as well as those on the home front, may feel a strain on their emotions and mental stability. With the threat of terrorism and the overwhelming dark cloud of grief, sadness, and anger, more and more individuals are experiencing a blow to their mental health. With each and every affected person, there are varying levels of tolerance and reaction to psychological trauma.

Some people who experience extremely strong emotions due to war-related stress may need to seek help for this inner turmoil. It is quite common to see individuals disconnecting themselves from the world upon returning from battle or displaying an intensely negative attitude when news regarding the war is mentioned. While many common responses involving wartime exist, there is also an equal number of signs that highlight a need to seek professional help.

Common Responses

When it comes to managing the feelings associated with war-related news and terrorism threats, it is normal to encounter difficulty. Individuals may question the state of their future or worry about loved ones in the military. It is common for soldiers to ponder their safety, as well as become shocked or in disbelief. Some people burst into tears for no immediate reason or drop into a pit filled with sadness and depression. They may walk around with a chip on their shoulder, rattled with anger.

At work, the ability to focus and concentrate may become difficult. The body may react with bouts of headaches or stomach irritation. With all of these common responses carrying a heavy load, many falter and turn towards drugs and alcohol to ease the mental pain.

Extreme Responses

For many, the feelings accompanying common responses may fade with time, but for some, they only grow stronger and soon affect their ability to normally function throughout the day. This may also lead to individuals exhibiting signs of a mental disorder. Endless thoughts of war and nightmares should not threaten daily routines, overall well-being, or happiness.

Reoccurring feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and hopelessness are also signs that one may need help. Additional signs to be on the lookout for include feeling jumpy, startling easy; sleepless nights; gloomy outlook on life; and extreme fear for safety. When these feelings and signs are not attended to, they may snowball into more serious circumstances, such as thoughts of death or suicide.


Coping

To assess your level of coping or to explore some of the signs you might be experiencing, it is highly recommended to take a mental health screening test. This is one of the first steps towards recognizing your need for help, as well as finding appropriate professionals to get you on a healthy track. When coping with war-related subjects, events, and people, one of the best ways to relieve stress is to talk about it. Keeping your feelings in will only eat away at your sanity, security, and happiness.

Additional approaches towards coping include taking care of your body through proper eating and exercise; limiting wartime images and news encounters; and asking for help when needed (whether it is a trusted confidant, family member, military advisor, or church).


 

Disasters & Trauma & Your Mental Health

 

Disasters & Trauma & Your Mental Health



Disasters and trauma are an unfortunate part of life. Every person is affected differently by trauma, but none the less, disasters ultimately will have some sort of impact on just about everyone. Different factors determine how a disaster or trauma will affect one's mental health. Broaching the subject of "mental health" still carries a stigma for some, but there is nothing to be embarrassed about. Realizing what normal feelings and reactions may result from trauma is the first step in determining if one needs professional help.

What exactly constitutes a "disaster" or a "trauma"? That truly depends on the person. However, the following is a list of such known occurrences:

–Various accidents
–Physical, emotional, or sexual abuse
–Neglect
–War experience
–Alcoholism
–Illness, surgery, or disability
–The death of a family member or friend
–A natural disaster

Obviously, this list is in no way conclusive but meant as a help for someone experiencing intense emotions due to a traumatic experience.

After someone experiences a traumatic event or disaster, they may feel a whole host of emotions. Most will feel some level of anxiety, grief, and/or anger. Other normal experiences after such events include shock, inability to focus, difficulty making decisions, loss of appetite or overeating, crying, headaches, and difficulty sleeping. These responses are normal and some are to be expected. Over time, these negative emotions should lessen.

But for some, these emotions and disturbances don't lessen over time. The following list is a brief example of warning signs that you may need to contact your health provider and seek professional medical help to alleviate your distress.

These signs include:
–Continued nightmares and thoughts about the event
–Inability to stop thinking and ruminating about what happened
–Continual avoidance of thoughts, feelings, or conversations that remind you of the event
–Inappropriate avoidance of places or people that remind you of the event
–Fearful of the future
–Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
–Easily startled or "jumpy"
–Overly concerned about the safety
–Having intense feelings of guilt, worthless or hopeless
–Not enjoying activities you once enjoyed
–Any thoughts of death or suicide

When these feelings are so intense that they affect your daily ability to function, that also is a strong indicator that professional help is in order. Even if the trauma occurred years ago, you may have never fully overcome it. Professional health providers can help diagnose potential underlying problems or prescribe medication that can significantly improve your daily life.


It may even be the case that you have been diagnosed with anxiety, depression, or even phobias without realizing that trauma is the cause. It has recently become accepted to look at traumas and disasters as serious causes of mental illness. If your current diagnosis and treatment are not delivering the results that you want, make an appointment with your health provider. Don't give up on your treatment. Life events occur and can cause great pain and significant emotional disturbances, but these events need not dictate your life. Give yourself time to heal, but do seek professional treatment if your symptoms are significantly disturbing your daily life.