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Krigsveteraners kamp: En litteraturstudie som belyser hur lidandet uttrycker sig bland krigsveteraner som har strids-relaterad post traumatiskt stressyndrom
University West, Department of Nursing, Health and Culture, Divison of Caring Sciences, undergraduate level.
University West, Department of Nursing, Health and Culture, Divison of Caring Sciences, undergraduate level.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The struggle of war veterans : A literature review that highlights how the suffering expresses itself among war veterans who have combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (English)
Abstract [en]

Background: War veterans belongs to a specific group that is highly exposed of the risks of being traumatized which in turn can lead to development of Post-traumatic stress disorder. This psychiat-ric condition has a dynamic structure that generates several symptoms and is one of the few psychi-atric diagnoses that has a clear causation.

Aim: The aim of this study was to illuminate how the suffering expresses itself for war veterans who have developed combat-related PTSD

Method: Six autobiographies written by former war veterans were analyzed through the use of a qualitative analysis method.

Results: These veterans describe several expressions of suffering and these expressions represented it through four categories. They were: ‘Relived memories’, ‘anger’, ‘negative self-image’ and ‘in-difference to life’. Each one of these named categories had subcategories. (10 in total) attached to them. All of the described categories resulted into one main theme; "the absence of inner peace"

Conclusion: War related PTSD evokes an extensive suffering that is very destructive to the degree that suffering becomes an integral part of these veterans’ lives. We believe that a deeper understand-ing and knowledge about PTSD and its relation to suffering is vital among healthcare professionals. It can help healthcare professionals to treat PTSD patients with respect and understanding. Further research about why certain individuals develops PTSD whilst others do not after experiencing trauma would be beneficial in order to deepen the knowledge about PTSD

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 27 p.
Keyword [en]
Combatants, suffering, veterans, PTSD, war
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-6565Local ID: EVX500OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-6565DiVA: diva2:742686
Subject / course
Nursing science
Educational program
Socialpsykiatrisk vård
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Available from: 2014-09-08 Created: 2014-09-02 Last updated: 2014-09-08Bibliographically approved

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