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Women in the Military and PTSD

Women in the Military and PTSDPosttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious physiological and psychological disease caused by emotionally intense events, such as violent crime, physical abuse, sexual assault, natural disasters and battlefield combat. Women serving in the military face unique challenges when it comes to managing stress and dealing with the repercussions of PTSD, but professional treatment can help them recover and maintain their status as a soldier. Get help to equip your mind with the necessary weapons to combat PTSD.

How PTSD Affects the Mind

The brain manages the following psychological functions:

  • Panic response
  • Sexual attraction
  • Appetite and eating
  • Waking and sleeping
  • Remorse
  • Managing feelings of sadness or happiness
  • Impulse control
  • Anger management

Traumatic events, such as those experienced on the battlefield, override the brain’s emotional processes. The brain then shuts down emotionally after trauma to prevent further damage, such as a nervous breakdown. By shutting down during or shortly after trauma, the brain tends to experience the following PTSD symptoms:

  • Panic attacks
  • Nightmares
  • Depression
  • Emotional outbursts
  • Self-destructive behaviors
  • Eating disorders
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions
  • Substance abuse

A traumatized soldier must eventually process those backed up emotions if she is ever to realize relief from her symptoms.

Unique Challenges for Military Women with PTSD

While tough military personnel tend to avoid help for anything that others may perceive as a weakness, those concerns can be much more pronounced for female soldiers. Many women soldiers already feel insecure about their standing in the military, but they can be especially sensitive to charges that they are not as tough or battle-ready as their male counterparts. While it can be challenging for a male soldier to seek help for PTSD, it may be even more difficult for female soldiers.

Many military women internalize their pain and self-medicate it with drugs, alcohol and compulsive behaviors. Symptoms can persist for years if people avoid treatment.

Help for Women Soldier with PTSD

If you are a military woman suffering from PTSD and you need professional treatment, then please call our toll-free helpline today. Our counselors are standing by 24 hours a day and they can help you make the best choices for PTSD treatment. Don’t suffer in silence or fear that you will seem weak. PTSD is a dangerous condition that can destroy your relationships, health, career and life, so call now to take immediate action.