Aggression and Violence

For Veterans, Witnessing Suffering Can Mean Worse PTSD

23 days ago   |   By Psych Central

A study of Norwegian veterans who served in Afghanistan finds that being exposed to the death and suffering of others tends to result in worse symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder than being put in life-threatening situations.
The study, published in the European Journal of Psychotraumatology , is part of a comprehensive survey of how veterans are faring after the war in Afghanistan. Just over 7,000 Norwegian soldiers participated in the war in Afghanistan between 2001 and 2011, and 4,053 of them participated in this research.
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