Stress on the Brain

By: Anissa Larson Core: 1/2

PTSD

While researching, I found most of my information to be about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. According to Compact Research, PTSD is an anxiety disorder that some people get after witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event. An anxiety disorder is a mental illness in which the suffer feels an exceptional level of fear and apprehension. They also might feel that it was their fault and that they should have done something to stop or prevent it from happening.

Veterans and Soldiers

Returning service members and veterans have found rates of 4% to 14% for depression, 12% to 25% for PTSD, 11% to 19% for traumatic brain injury and 18% to 35% for any other mental health risk or concern.

Military Families

With moves, absence of the active parent and other stress is common in military families. The parent who stays home (usually the mother) have increased family responsibilites, financial issues, isolation and fear for the safety of their spouse. This can cause anxiety, loneliness, sadness and an overwhelming feeling.

Military Children

In very young children, they can get seperation anxiety, temper tantrums and having changes in their eating habits. In school age children, they can have a decline in academic performance, mood changes and will complain about their physical apperance. (More than usual) With adolescents, they can become angry or hostile and act out. As well as, withdraw and not care about life. They can also show signs of depression.

Fun Ways to Relieve Stress

During my researching, I found that the things I was researching isn't a light topic. So I found fun ways to relieve stress.

1. Read a book

2. Bake something

3. Use a stress toy

4. Laugh

5. Be around people

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