In previous posts, I’ve talked about two different paradoxes that combat veterans experience. One that I’ve noticed, the violence of action paradox, discusses how veterans experience emotions that are protective in combat, but problematic while at home, and vice versa. Another is the paradox of the veteran story, in which veterans both want everyone to understand what they’ve been through, but don’t want to have to talk about it.
It was brought to my attention that these paradoxes, and many others, were identified in a 2015 article in the Journal of Traumatology, authored by Carl Castro, Sara Kintzle, and Anthony Hassan. The information contained in the article was so pertinent to a greater understanding of veteran mental health that the authors graciously allowed me to disseminate some of the information in the form of an infographic.
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For some additional information about this topic, you may be interested in taking a look at this presentation by the lead author, Colonel (Retired) Carl Castro. In the short video below, he discusses some of these paradoxes in more detail.
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