Consequences of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Proneness to interpersonal conflict or depression


  • Olha Denefil "I.Ya. Horbachevsky Ternopil State Medical University"
  • Iryna Prokop "I.Ya. Horbachevsky Ternopil State Medical University"
  • Maria Bobak "I.Ya. Horbachevsky Ternopil State Medical University"


post-traumatic stress disorders, conflicts, aggression


Post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSDs) are reported to be among the most prevalent and unfavourable mental disorders in the individuals who have gone through life-threatening situations. For the late decades, they have been standing out against the background of marginal mental disorders. PTSDs are caused by an individual’s direct involvement in the stress event, fraught with grave consequences and accompanied by mortal fear, horror and sensation of powerlessness. The problem is pressing for the today’sUkrainein view of theDonbaswarfare, mass resettlement, changes of job and forms of activity. The disease may be diagnosed as PTSD in the case the groups of symptoms persist more than a month since a traumatic event has occurred.

For a long time, a good many of soldiers have been reported to reveal anxiety-phobic and behavioural disorders, as well as the signs of organic cerebral lesion. Some of them occur during combat operations, whereas the most of symptoms develop and aggravate 1-2 years after coming home. The PTSD patients mostly develop insomnia, anxiety, depression, and increased aggressiveness, which cause conflicts. An individual may become wicked, aggressive, discontented and cynical on a social basis. Depressive symptoms are hypothesized to mediate the relationship between PTSD and aggression. The ATO men with PTSD, who do not take alcohol, develop depression 1-1.5 year after coming back and, with alcohol added, the problem of aggression arises. Based on this, we suggest that a staff of personnel, trained in psychological aid to the combatants with PTSD, should be formed. Besides, our cases prove that, with friendly support and compassion as well as active stand in life and adequate social work, aggression and proneness to conflict are unlikely to develop. On the contrary, lack of support results in excessive alcohol consumption and, thereof, increased proneness to conflict.

The system of treatment and rehabilitation measures for survives should involve combination of psychotherapy, psychological correction, and medicines.




How to Cite

Consequences of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Proneness to interpersonal conflict or depression. (2016). Social, Health, and Communication Studies Journal, 2(1), 25-37.