Thursday, May 31, 2007

Korea veterans still suffer fifty years on

The Korean war (1950-1953) which occured when Communist troops from North Korea invaded the South is often overlooked in comparison with other conflicts such as the Second World War, the Vietnam War and the two Gulf Wars despite it being the first collective military action by the United Nations with a total of more than 4 million casualties on both sides. There have been few studies into the psychological problems experienced by Korean War veterans yet a study of 7, 632 people in Australia which compared the mental health of veterans with a control group who did not fight in the conflict found that the veterans experienced significantly more post-traumatic stress. The heavier the combat and the lower the rank of the veterans the more severe their post-traumatic stress was.

Ikin, Jillian F. ... [et al] - Anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression in Korean War veterans 50 years after the war British Journal of Psychiatry June 2007, 190, 475-483

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