American Journal of Psychology and Cognitive Science
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American Journal of Psychology and Cognitive Science, Vol.1, No.2, Jun. 2015, Pub. Date: May 20, 2015
Impacts of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder on the Performance of Pakistan Army Veterans Deployed for War on Terror
Pages: 37-43 Views: 1458 Downloads: 2513
Authors
[01] Syed Sajjad Nasir Kazmi, Department of Civil Engineering, MCE National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan.
[02] Arshad Ali, Department of Civil Engineering, MCE National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Abstract
Many a people across the world are affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) which may pose as a debilitating illness not only inhibiting an individual’s life but also seriously disrupting the performance at the work place as a whole. Functioning level of PTSD varies from individual to individual depending upon the level of its impairment to that of an inversely proportionate level of job performance. There is very limited knowledge of PTSD as most of the people are barely informative about this serious issue, the world faces even today. PTSD develops only after an occurrence of traumatic event with one of its potential risks it embodies i.e. the PTSD affected individual may not display symptoms quite readily. For instance, a war veteran may be a vector of PTSD owing to a set of traumatic events or just an event, yet there may be a few hidden disasters, trauma(s) or some other veiled psychosocial injuries that may not be disclosed or recognized imminently, therefore PTSD may not be considered at all. The PTSD is further classified into four main areas of focus which are its major symptoms too i.e. Event Re-experiencing, Avoidance Behavior, General Numbness and Hypersensitivity. On one pretext or the other, these exist primarily because each one is feeding the other to sustain the overall existence of PTSD. It may also be noted that every trauma survivor may not experience or posses either one or all of the four above mentioned symptoms but s(he) will still be a carrier. Combat PTSD is usually linked consistently to the poor performance outcomes of veterans. Therefore, study in question, investigates this relationship further in consonance with four components of PTSD, thereby analyzing how combat related PTSD is associated with work performance of veteran employees of Pakistan Army whereby contrary US, Vietnam and The NATO veterans had findings of the drastic PTSD impacts. This academic research also suggests that even the slight reduction or gain in PTSD symptoms may vice versa lead to an employee’ performance gains or poor work performance with respect to an overall symptom level, in combination with certain other factors.
Keywords
PTSD, Veterans, Trauma, Performance, Impacts, War on Terror
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