“His response was to fight it with the only weapons at hand—passive resistance and open displays of contempt.” ― Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan
This exposure to violence results in varying degrees of PTSD, some cases are unnoticeable and some are very pronounced.
The most interesting thing about how this issue is portrayed in the mainstream media is the fact that police officers and the military always seem to be the focus of discussion. It is true that police officers and military agents are exposed to a lot of violence, but more often than not they are the ones on the delivering end of that violence. What about those on the receiving end? Surely those who are on an even more unpleasant side of that violence suffer from many of those same symptoms.
This is an idea that would never even be considered in the mainstream media, they would do studies to see if military or police dogs have PTSD, before they would consider for one minute that a victim of state violence may experience it…. And they actually have done those studies on military and police dogs.
It is true that police officers and military agents are exposed to a lot of violence, but more often than not they are the ones on the delivering end of that violence.
The people of Iraq, Afghanistan and all of the other Middle Eastern and African countries that the US government has attacked must be completely traumatized after having their lives and their communities torn apart with violence. The unfortunate souls who get caught up in no knock raids on the wrong house probably have a difficult time coping with the situation afterwards. Peaceful activists who get cracked in the head with batons or shot in the face with pepper spray are also likely candidates for PTSD. As are victims of the drug war, victims of unwarranted car searches and victims of TSA molestation.
Another attempt to say it plain, which is, even then not simple.