Burma Conflict Study Highlights Significance of PTSD

A recently published study by research journal Conflict and Health has brought to light the influence that the negative affects of conflict and war have on those involved.

The issue of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was explored with a visit to the long term war-affected Burmese state of Karen, in the East of the country. Burma (also named Myanmar) is a country which has been torn by civil unrest and military insurgency for years, and during this time a large proportion of national government spending was on the army. Despite foreign aid and peace talks many people, including soldiers and medics in the remote region of Karen, have been left scarred.

Soldier and Child

The study was the first of its kind to document the psychological effects which have occurred as a result of the conflict, and particularly focused on the trauma of health providers in hard to access remote areas of the Burmese state.

The findings of the research backed up factors seen in war-zones across the world. A large proportion of studied medics suffered from a range of psychological conditions including PTSD, burnout, depression, and anxiety resulting from prolonged exposures to wartime stressors. However, evidence gathered also suggested that those medics who had developed strong social bonds within the communities they were based, and those who attended group-based coping sessions, displayed less symptoms of post war disorders.

This form of social connection and support is, in the vast majority of cases, not available in any form within war-stricken areas. This study can be used to reflect on psychological trauma, especially PTSD, in any war situation, and also the importance of after care for all people, whether they are medics, soldiers or other workers within a crises or disaster environment.

PTSD is a condition that can be extremely debilitating, severely affecting the quality of life of sufferers. It is relatively common in military personnel, and its symptoms, which include irritability, feeling isolated and guilty, along with insomnia and reliving events, can take months or even years to show.

Here at Blackwater Law, we are experienced in sensitively and sympathetically dealing with cases of PTSD, of varying severities, and on wide ranging time scales from when the event occurred.  Post Traumatic Stress Disorder claims, although they will not directly prevent the condition, can help suffers to return to living a normal and comfortable life, after receiving the medical or psychological help they require.

No matter how severe your symptoms are, or how long it is since you returned from war, if you are suffering from, or have previously suffered from PTSD, you may be eligible to claim compensation on a no win no fee basis, So please get in touch today on 0800 083 5500.