Effects Of War
For as long as time can remember, wars have been a big part of our history. Conflicts between the greater good and unbalanced have w itself in the books of time. What most people do not realize is the after effects of these wars. People, economy and the way one lives their life can dramatically change after a major war. A person’s mental and physical appearances and thoughts can be forced to a downward spiral of delusion.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD for short, is a symptom in which veterans of war continue to live their lives as if the war is still around them. Mild traumatic brain injury is a common type of PTSD. Symptoms of this stress are the same as those from a concussion. Slower reaction times to emotional problems can occur too. While most cases of traumatic brain injury requires an event to have taken place on the victim, PTSD can be present as a result of increasing effects of combat or extended deployments in the soldiers’ life. A defensive behavior to a common surrounding of the soldier is also a symptom. Pushing away those close to the soldier, can be a sign of repression.
PTSD is divided into two main categories. The two types are avoidance and emotional detachment. They both are the levels at which the seriousness of PTSD can affect the soldier. To become traumatized by horrific events and traumatic experiences, comes commonly with being a soldier. Fighting and resisting the urge to feel fear, is another war one must fight.
The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder level of avoidance is the more common of the two reactions. Secluding ones self in the confines of their own home can be a normal thing. The affected soldier will hardly or completely shut themselves out, away from the world. Not associating with long time friends or family members can show that that person might be facing their stage of avoidance. There are cases of serious PTSD, where it gets to the point of the soldier wanting to be killed or even commit suicide. These are serious symptoms of PTSD and the affected must be watched and loved.
The Second PTSD stage is emotional detachment. This stage is when the soldier loses sight of reality and can not determine real from fake. Hallucinations and daydreaming can cause the person its affecting to be harmed by someone or even by themselves. Scenarios where a traumatic event took place in the soldiers life, can reoccur everyday as if it were in a play, and the scene wont end. This is typical in very serious traumatic events. The soldier is subjected to playing out that event continuously again and again, everyday.
Though both stages of PTSD are very serious, there are many other effects of war that can burden the places it touches. Some people believe the atomic bomb, caused the Cold War, and the Atomic Arms Race. It came down to who had the bigger weapons, and who would use them first. The effect of the atomic bomb was not just the devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but also the physical damage it did. Blast, thermal and nuclear radiation spread throughout the land. The blast of the atomic bomb is similar to that of a usual explosive but more intense. Thermal radiation caused serious burns on exposed parts of the body and may ignite fires. Nuclear radiation, caused death and injury as a result of damage to living tissue.
The economical effects of war can be to an extent of where the entire country changes. Taxes and government spending can be increased greatly. A society’s way of living and working gets altered and changed and the people within it have their lives affected dramatically. War not only brings fear and hatred into the people of a country, but it also puts pain and suffering on the economy. There are many side effects of war on the economy and the county it belongs to.
Oil is a big part of countries as a whole. It is the essential part of living in today’s society. Oil is used for household appliances, machinery and other important actions. War is a large consumer of oils. These oils used for tanks, guns, and aircraft are being taken away from a society in need of them. By taking this precious substance and lowering the supply a country has, it can stir problems. Prices of oil can raise nearly 30% of its normal cost, because of war. The supply and demand factor of the oil takes effect when the oil starts to run out. This can cause outrage and riots within a community, because of their needs and costs of the product.
Personal gain, hatred and prejudice are some effects that war can cause to a person. Benefiting off of a war is a rare, but a not done effect. A heartless person can gain riches and fame from a war, while others like the lower classes suffer the traumatic and long term effects of war. The benefited, hated by the under class, can be harmed and threatened all because they play their cards right. This is not a typical thing to happen after a war but when it does, friends and relatives are lost in the sea of greed.
War not only brings fear and uncertainty to an economy, it brings hatred and dislike. Two friends of an opposite faction can be torn apart by wars’ after effects. The outlook at life can be changed by the outcome of a war. Hatred toward old friends for being a supporter of war can cause murders and riots. These are normal things that happen within the affected lives of those from the war. Prejudice for another race is another effect. Disliking some one because they are from the country where the war is happening, is the most common side effect of war. People who are brothers living in the same country can be pushed aside because of where their background takes them. These effects not only burden society, they alter the way people look at the country as a whole.
Industry and commerce do not fall far from the devastating reach of war. There are many occurrences of war that change the way people live and work. Production plants and factories can be shut down completely due to the unwanted use after a war is over. Thousands of people and families can be put out of a job and forced to struggle living a normal life. A factory that manufactures steel and other metal objects is a key part in war. While the war wages on, that factory will have a commitment to the country and the people fighting for it. When a war is over and the final say is done, metal production factories are hanging out on a thin wire. A factory’s purpose which was once great can be completely shut down by the same people it was building for. These are not uncommon things when a war breaks out and ends. It is a typical factor in a dog eat dog world.
The media and propaganda play an important role in a war. Psychological battlefields put up by the mass media feeding information to the public, can cause stress and hate in people. Telling lies and covering the truth are two parts of propaganda that media uses to play tricks on unknowing. People subdued by the controversies of the media and tall tales of the people surrounding them, rise up conflicts in society that can not be changed. A person’s point of view and how they support a war can change dramatically after a story or outline is told in the news. The media is the puppeteer of a person’s thoughts and actions. They can manipulate the way people look at life and after effects of war.
War is a troublesome part of today’s world. It is a burden that most people will face in their lifetime. The way one lives their life and the economy in which they live in, can change and they must learn to adapt. There is no real way to prepare for war. Being strong physically and psychologically is a major part of coping with traumatic effects of war. War is not only a way of life it is an adaptation tool in sculpting a society for better or for worse.