What type of psychological impact do burn injuries have on veterans?

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Any chronic health condition has a psychological impact on people causing feelings of anxiety, fear, and depression. However, burn victims are particularly susceptible to post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD results in high levels of hyperarousal and fear. In fact, some studies show that the rate of PTSD among burn victims can be as high as 35 percent at 2 to 4 months after the initial injury.

Post traumatic stress disorder is not well understood by most psychologists and military experts. Ways of preventing or treating PTSD are virtually unknown. Still burn centers believe it’s important for families to surround the burn victim and live in military housing. Also, centers believe that burn victims need to be housed in one central location to give each other moral and social support.

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Burns are classified according to the severity of the injury to the skin and underlying tissues. The three burn categories are first-degree, second-degree, and third-degree burns, with first-degree burns being the most minor. If t...

he first and second layers of skin have been burned, you have a second-degree burn. Second-degree burns can sometimes be considered minor. For both first- and second-degree burns, apply cool running water to the area for at least 10 minutes. This will help reduce swelling. The most serious burns are third-degree burns. Not only are all the layers of skin burnt, but muscle, fat, bone, and other tissues are temporarily or permanently affected. A third-degree burn requires medical attention. Another serious burn that may need treatment is an electrical burn, like from a power cable. These types of burns may cause internal damage, even if the burn does not leave a mark on the skin.

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