Veteran’s Group Warns Of Post-Traumatic Stress Dangers Of Call Of Duty

Veteran’s Group Warns Of Post-Traumatic Stress Dangers Of Call Of Duty
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Hundreds of thousands of US war veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder brought on by their experiences on the front lines. According to Stay Strong Nation, games like Call of Duty: Black Ops can bring those experiences rushing back.

Stay Strong Nation is a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping US war veterans cope with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, and they believe that realistic combat games like Call of Duty might be a bigger danger to PTS sufferers than most people think, possibly acting as a dangerous and sometimes volatile trigger for PTSD episodes.

Are they saying the games are dangerous? Not so much for veterans that recognise they are suffering from PTSD, who know better than to expose themselves to such stimuli.

“The scariest part of PTS is when a veteran experiences symptoms such as flashbacks, or feelings of panic and depression, yet unknowingly brushes it under a blanket of machismo,” said Gresford Lewishall, vice president of the organisation. “Veterans either play or have exposure to the games and subsequently feel like they’re back in Afghanistan or Iraq in life or death situations. Their heart beat accelerates and they feel a sense of unease come over them.”

Stay Strong Nation’s goal is to make veterans aware of the potential danger of games like Call of Duty as potential PTSD triggers, while educating civilians on the potential problems so that they can avoid unknowingly exposing their soldier friends and family.


  • Would it not be reasonably obvious that playing a military fps might remind people of being in the military and shooting at people, in first person?

  • I don’t see how COD is a realistic combat game, on the contrary, my mates in the army play it to calm down, because it’s arcadey.

  • Games are now more realistic than before so I could see this happening. I mean even when you play online and you’re communicating with other people you see how deep people are in the game. They take it personal and spend a lot of time on the game.

    In other news has anyone heard anything else about Modern Warfare 3 That’s the only website I could find some information on and they said they game will be released on November 11 and supposedly have the plot of the game.

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