By Grant N. Marshall
Studies that rigidity can produce myriad future health results, and those results can show up themselves as indicators and prerequisites just like those who veterans file.
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Illness manifests itself as somatic (bodily) or psychological symptoms, but may stem from multiple sourcesincluding cognitive and social processesand may or may not reflect the presence of an underlying disease. The relationship of illness to disease is complex. A person may experience ill health with no underlying disease. Conversely, the person may suffer from an underlying disease without perceiving himself or herself as ill. In certain circumstances and for certain individuals, stressful experiences can contribute to health problems.
RETTIG Assessing the Health Consequences of Military Deployments: DoD's Activities Following the Gulf War ELIZABETH M. SLOSS, WILLIAM M. HIX, AND C. ROSS ANTHONY Psychological and Psychosocial Consequences of Combat and Deployment with Special Emphasis on the Gulf War DAVID H. MARLOWE Page i A Review of the Literature As It Pertains to Gulf War Illnesses Volume 4: Stress Grant N. Marshall Lois M. Davis Cathy D. Sherbourne with David W. Foy Lisa H. Jaycox Leslie Morland Page iii Preface This literature review, one of eight commissioned by the Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense for Gulf War Illnesses, summarizes the existing scientific literature on the health effects of stress that may have affected military personnel who served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
The temporal course of symptoms of stress exposure is highly variable. It is not uncommon for symptoms of psychological and bodily distress to persist for years. But, in many instances, what appears as delayed onset of symptoms may be more aptly characterized as delayed help-seeking. The general literature indicates that stress may be associated with a range of illnesses and diseases, but evidence of this linkage varies across problems. Little definitive evidence indicates that the stress of combat or war-zone exposure per se contributes to actual physical disease, although a number of epidemiological studies suggest that such exposure is associated with greater prevalence of self-reported chronic health conditions, poorer self-ratings of health, and higher levels of help-seeking behavior.