The American workplace can be a daunting thing for many veterans coming out of the military. It is vastly different than the super-structured military life that includes highly specialized jobs. There is also the issue of acquiring more skills to perform civilian jobs and being able to apply the skills learned in the military to daily life. A major roadblock to integrating into civilian life is PTSD. PTSD can cause many negative stress responses in the workplace and without the proper way to treat it, it can be a major roadblock to joining the workforce. The side effects of PTSD are outbursts of anger, severe anxiety, and aggression. Luckily there are many ways that this can be treated. The most effective way of treating PTSD is therapy. Talking about uncomfortable events lets the brain process the information. Antidepressants are also an effective countermeasure for PTSD as it keeps the brain from dwelling on the traumatizing events. With the many counseling centers that exist for veterans suffering from PTSD, there is no reason for them not to get the help that they need. Sometimes it is not recognizing the symptoms of PTSD that is the issue.
The scientific study below highlights the effects of PTSD
- Sellbom, M. and Bagby, R.M. (2009), Identifying PTSD personality subtypes in a workplace trauma sample. J. Traum. Stress, 22: 471-475. https://doi.org/10.1002/jts.20452essary