Soldiers with longer deployment periods also had higher rates of posttraumatic stress.
But many soldiers who hadn’t been near explosions showed similar behaviors.
Soldiers who are unmarried and have lower levels of education are more likely to have PTSD.
Female service members also have higher risks of PTSD.
They may avoid reminders of the trauma to prevent emotional distress.
PTSD can also involve memory issues and a heightened reactivity to one’s surroundings. It may happen due to a natural disaster or a personal tragedy.
Their mind’s immediate reaction to the emergency becomes a default pattern.