Secondary Traumatic Stress, Culture and Stigma: Barriers to Self-Initiated Care in the Military Mental Health and Spiritual Care Provider Populations
Air Command And Staff College Maxwell Air Force Base United States
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A military mental health provider explains to colleagues that he is retiring early at the height of his training and experience, because he has reached an emotional limit trying to help warfighters in Iraq deal with comrades who disappeared forever in a fiery red cloud of blood and smoke. Similarly, a military chaplain, trying heroically to maintain professional bearing and privileged communication, struggles to explain to peers he is eschewing the years of specialized training and valuable experience to return to civilian life because he can no longer manage his downward emotional spiral from too many funerals, broken marriages, and counseling sessions without any way to stop the nightmares, the suffering of his family, and his intense, emotional pain.