PTSD brings with it several negative consequences, with the most glaring of them all being depression. The joy you once felt as you spent time with friends and family is replaced with a persistent feeling of hopelessness that refuses to go away.
Signs of depression are 3 to 5 times more likely to occur in those who have PTSD in comparison to those who don’t.
Members of the armed forces are often at a higher risk of developing depression symptoms. This is due to them being exposed to several life-threatening situations such as:
- Combat exposure
- Terrorist attacks
- Violent attacks
After the traumatic event, it’s common to experience nightmares, flashbacks, and vivid memories that not only cause feelings of numbness but also cause a vivid reminder of the incident. For members of the armed forces this often results in unavoidable feelings of sadness and disconnect from the world.