Female Veteran Suicide Rates Are Staggeringly High

15 Dec 2015

Veterans already have some of the highest risks of suicide. However, women who serve in the armed services seem to be at a much higher risk of suicide. According to new statistics, the rate of suicide for female veterans is as much as six times as high as for civilian women.

In fact, the rates of suicide for female veterans are very close to the rate for male vets. This is surprising because males in the civilian population are much more likely to commit suicide than women. In the general civilian population, the suicide rate for women is approximately 5.2 per 100,000 population. For civilian males, the rate is 20.9 suicides per 100,000 population. However, when you consider the statistics for veterans, the rate is disturbing. For female veterans, the rate of suicide is 28.7 suicides per 100,000 population, while for male veterans, the rate is 32.1 suicides.

Even more staggeringly, the rate of suicide is highest among young veterans. Among female veterans between ages 18 and 29, the rate of suicide was three times as much as the rate for non-veterans. The rates of suicide are much higher for female veterans in every age group. According to the researchers, this seems to indicate that the reason for these high suicide levels is not just stress and other related factors, but other causes that have more to do to the women's backgrounds and their experiences in the armed forces.

There is no doubt that the statistics are incredibly disturbing, and we need to understand why suicide seems to be such an endemic problem among female veterans. It is important to understand more about the experiences of women in the armed forces that contribute to this problem.

Delayed Treatment Could Make PTSD Symptoms Permanent

02 Dec 2015

Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, if left untreated, or neglected for too long a time, could become permanent. The longer the delay getting treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, the more likely it is that the person will completely isolate himself from the persons around him.

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental condition that many veterans returning from combat duty suffer. This condition emerges when a person is faced with a life-threatening situation, like a natural disaster, or in the case of veterans, exposure to explosions, terrorist attacks, and other life- threatening events. In these cases, the person suffers severe trauma, and although the symptoms may not emerge soon after the episode, the person may become likely to suffer a variety of symptoms, that are all included in this condition. There are a number of different therapeutic treatments that are used for persons who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. They include medication therapy and psychological therapy.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy for Post-traumatic stress disorder is one of the most commonly used treatments for patients who suffer from this disorder. Apart from cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychologists also often rely on family therapy, since this is a condition that very often affects not just the person who suffers from PTSD, but also his close family members. Family therapy is meant to help family members also understand the person’s symptoms, so that they can deal with it better.

PTSD also results in secondary symptoms of depression and anxiety, and medications may be prescribed to deal with those symptoms. It is important to work with mental health professionals who are specialized in dealing with the treatment of PTSD, and other trauma-based conditions.