A Brief Introduction
Essentially,war is a manifestation of death and destruction – an exhibition ofall the things negative in life, so to speak. So accordingly, thevast whirlpool of bloodshed and demolition that are the mainingredients of war, surely has great psychological impact on anysoldier who has not been utterly emotionally anesthetized throughoutthe experience.
Sobasically, the effects of war are evident in any warrior's life aswell as his world of emotions and state of mind.
TheEmotional Effects of War on Soldiers
Oneof the first sources of trauma a soldier has to endure is the takingof another's life. This means that a soldier will often find himselfforced to carry out his duty – which is to destroy the enemiesforces – at a closer and rather personal level (that is to say faceto face combat with another soldier). And killing another human beingis, unless we are talking about a deranged person, a tremendoussource of sorrow – no matter the personalty.
Now,with this said, it is not hard to imagine what witnessing thistremendous trauma at a daily basis could do to a soldier's psyche.Furthermore, a soldier does not only have to deal with the fact thathe is ordered to shoot and kill other human beings that he does noteven know, he also needs to bear the grief of the sufferingfellow-soldiers who have been crippled or have died fighting athis side.
Simplyput, the depressing effects on the soldier's consciousness hit fromall sides and have nothing left to offer than the deprivation of apeaceful state of mind.
Thesekind of circumstances can only lead the soldier to a sort of daydreamof other, happier days of his life. Eventually, these memories causea deeper depression and, counter-productively, cause even moreemotional pain. The soldier is then prone to thinking of his family,and starts feeling regretful for the fact that he is unable to bewith them if they need him during the war. Furthermore, the soldieris unsure whether or when he will even be able to return to hisfamily if he survives the war, that is. All of these thoughts onlycause more pain to the already emotionally disrupted solder.
Allof the above results in what is called post-traumatic stressdisorder, and many soldiers who return from war suffer from it. Theeffects of this disorder include: nightmares, feelings of detachment,irritability, sleeplessness and last but not least concentrationdifficulties as well as a sense of solitude and mental insecuritycaused by the homesickness experienced during war. The results of theheavy violence evidenced are mostly manifested through distress.
Conclusively,it is America's duty to make sure that these soldiers are well takencare of and receive proper treatment for the traumas they havesuffered – as this currently, and sadly, is not the case.