Hey There, Tough Guy: the Masculine Mentality That May Increase the Risk of Developing PTSD

According to a new study, certain traits associated with masculinity have been found to make the symptoms of PTSD more severe in military veterans. This research also indicates that these traits make it more difficult to treat PTSD in veterans.

The masculine personality traits connected with this research are those of self-reliance, stoicism and emotional control. For military personnel, these traits are encouraged during training, and are an asset to possess. They help military members perform confidently in the field, and could also prove to be life-saving.

This recent research was conducted by Elizabeth Neilson of Morehead University. Her team analyzed 17 studies over the last 25 years that included more than 3,500 military veterans. What Neilson found was that exposure to physical and mental trauma can cause a sense of loss of power, which conflicts with the traditional masculine traits. Due to the disparity in how these veterans are supposed to react versus how they feel, the symptoms of PTSD intensify.

Another downfall is that military veterans are less likely to seek out mental health treatment. This is most likely due to taking pride in being self-reliant and thinking that they can handle their trauma independently. Those who do seek treatment often struggle, as well, because they are reluctant to talk about their emotions, holding on to emotional stoicism and mental fortitude.

If this information is something that resonants with you, trust me—we get it. Our founder is a veteran and all too familiar with the impact that PTSD has on those who have served. Through ketamine infusions and IV hydration services, we hope to bring a solution to Fayetteville, NC and the many veterans living in this area.


If you are struggling, please reach out for a free consultation using our online booking tool. We are here to help you take on any challenges that you may face, and offer discounted rates for military veterans.

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