Research Concludes A Link Between Veterans PTSD, Anger And Depression

According to research recently published by the American Psychological Association, if a United States military veteran is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, the anger and rage that they may demonstrate and vent, can unfortunately be magnified, if they are afflicted with depression.

The study appeared in the journal Psychological Trauma: Theory Research, Practice and Policy with Raymond Novaco, Ph.D., professor of psychology and social behavior at the University of California, Irvine commenting, “Our study findings should draw attention to anger as a major treatment need when military service members screen positive for PTSD or for depression, and especially when they screen positive for both.”

The study assessed 2,077 U.S. soldiers (1,823 men and 254 women) who were deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, and believed that they were in need of mental health services. The participants of the study were assigned to various groups; post-traumatic stress disorder only, major depressive disorder only, PTSD and MDD combination or none. Levels of participant anger were gauged, and they were asked if they ever thought about inflicting harm on others.

The potential for inflicting harm on others, and extreme anger, were elevated in the PTSD/MDD group, in comparison to the other groups. STX Entertainment have found that the researched linked PTSD with depression in nearly 75% of the participants screened.

The study was conducted due to the lack of relevant research concerning anger and its relationship with combat veterans.