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Do people with PTSD ever decide that war is a bad thing?

Asked by LostInParadise (28993points) May 30th, 2010

I have heard a number of interviews with people with PTSD or their family members. I don’t ever recall hearing about a soldier coming home and deciding that he or she was wrong about wanting to fight. Even if the person thinks a particular war is justified, I would expect some of them to at least strongly believe that everything possible has to be done to first find peaceful solutions. I have not come across that sentiment. I wonder if part of PTSD might not be a kind of cognitive dissonance, a gung ho attitude toward fighting coming into conflict with the horror of it.

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marinelife's avatar

I suspect that there are people with PTSD who change their convictions about wa and you just don’t hear about them.

CMaz's avatar

Individuals with PTSD don’t loose their ability to reason. They loose their ability to cope.

perspicacious's avatar

You must assume that all PTSD suffers are soldiers. This is way not the case. Your question is really unanswerable because of your assumption.

CaptainHarley's avatar

Some who have PTSD from combat do indeed turn against war, but not at any level significantly higher than in the general population.

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