Military vets may have worse PTSD symptoms if they conform to 'masculine traits'

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'For members of the military, being able to suppress emotions and rely on yourself can be an asset, if not a life-saving quality.

But those traditionally "masculine" traits can exacerbate post-traumatic stress disorder that's especially difficult to treat, according to a robust new study in the journal Psychology of Men and Masculinities.

For the study, researchers looked at 17 studies including more than 3,500 military veterans to see how traits like self-reliance affected their mental health after experiencing trauma.

They found that the more veterans believed they should be tough and appear unemotional, the more likely they were to develop PTSD, have severe PTSD symptoms, and avoid seeking mental health treatment for those symptoms.'

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