Addressing Combat Stress Disorder

By: Leonard Horton Email
By: Leonard Horton Email

A number of troops returning from the battlefield suffer from what is known as combat stress disorder, but how should this stress be handled?

A symposium held at Florida State University brought professionals from across the country to tackle the issue.

An Army psychologist says this stress can occur before or after deployment and has a serious effect on the family structure.

"Some individuals get deployed over and over again. That is a stressor to them and to the family. Another stressor is the potential that they feel they are not prepared to go into deployment. They haven't had the proper training. They feel they don't have the proper equipment," said Army psychologist Paul Boccio.

Solutions to dealing with combat stress disorder include allowing the returning soldier to talk out their feelings, and to not let them see how they're feeling as a weakness or mental illness.


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