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.


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).



Post a Comment