Suicide: Will a Nasal Spray Keep Army Soldiers from Killing Themselves?

Suicide: Will a Nasal Spray Keep Army Soldiers from Killing Themselves?Suicide in our military ranks has become more common than any of us want to admit. The cause could be PTSD (Post traumatic stress disorder), depression, or failure to readjust to civilian life.

The fact is that suicide among our returning soldiers is occurring at a rate that is not acceptable to those of us in the US who have a high regard for our soldiers. We view these brave young men and women who are serving our country as heroes who are willing to keep our country strong by putting their own lives on the line.

It seems, however, that these brave individuals struggle with civilian life after returning home from one of the war zones. Seeing these soldiers’ unsuccessful attempts at returning to society, the US Army is attempting to find a cure for this erratic behavior. Some of its efforts have turned to various medical drugs, including a nasal spray that might help those soldiers fight the depression that drives them to thoughts of suicide. But are drugs the answer to the problem, or will they merely mask or exacerbate the condition? Are there other solutions available to assist our troops?

How Bad is the Suicide Rate for Returning Veterans?

Let’s look at the facts:

  • In July of 2012, 38 soldiers took their own lives.
  • Suicide is the number two reason for military deaths.
  • In the first half of 2012, 116 military deaths have been attributed to suicide.
  • Veteran soldiers are more likely to kill themselves than new recruits

What We Didn’t Learn from the War in Vietnam

Given these statistics, it should not come as a shock to any of us that there is such a high suicide rate among our troops.

Let me pause here to affirm that I am not a politically motivated person, so my views are mine and mine alone. However, I believe that the reason we study history is so that we will not make the same mistakes again and again. Unfortunately, this theory has not worked well for our country since we seem to fall into the same military predicaments over and over again. In fact, I recall thinking to myself when we started to bomb Iraq that I hoped we were not getting ourselves and our troops into another Vietnam situation. Having served during that time period, I truly believe that, in Vietnam, victory eluded us and was only seen as a necessary campaign in the minds of warmongers. I know I hoped that, when we elected to bomb Iraq, we wouldn’t find ourselves in the same predicament.

Unfortunately, it seems like we are seeing the same results, even though our current military is far better trained and armed than the troops who served in Vietnam. Sadly, however, one thing that doesn’t change from one war to the next is that the people we send into battle are the boys and girls who lived on our streets. They are our children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. These same sweet kids are being taught to kill. No matter what your religious, political, military, or personal beliefs are, killing is killing and has a way of undermining the human spirit. Sadly, our innocent children aren’t prepared for the ravages that this does to their souls and, as a result, their psyche can be tortured to the point that they can’t handle the nightmares that were their reality when they were stationed in one of the war zones. So again I ask: Should a high suicide among our returning troops be a shock to any of us? I personally don’t believe that it should.

Medication or Meditation?

So how can we help them? Should our troops be provided with medication to blur their memories of that horrible time in their lives, or should they be encouraged to give meditation a try? In other words: Should we rely on heavy doses of dangerous medicines to control their suicidal behavior, or should we help them find God?

I am realistic enough to know that there is a balance that must be met, and that some of our troops will need medications and therapy to overcome their depression problems. For these troops, I believe that something like a nasal spray may be warranted. But for others, maybe a good dose of counseling, with a dose of God thrown in, wouldn’t hurt and could have a more healing and lasting effect.

However, there is one thing that we can all agree upon. Our troops deserve the best care that can be provided to them, and no cost should be spared. Remember: They were willing to give us all they had to give in order to protect us and we, as a country, owe them all we can give back to them.

Comments welcome.

Source: Geekosystem

Source: USA Today

Source: The Christian Post

CC licensed Flickr photo above shared by US Army

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I have been writing for Lockergnome for eight years.

  • Guest

    Wow I did not know that I have learn a lot
    Also suicide is not good

  • Anakin Mignone

    That is cool but sad about the suicdes

  • Charlie Parker

    That is actually quite a good invention

  • Weion

    The suicide rates are to be expected due to the horrors of war, I think that medication and counselling can help veterans re-integrate into society; god should only be included if the former did not work.

    We need more services and meet-ups available for veterans so they can communicate with others like themselves and learn their comrades’ experiences so they do not feel as if they are alone.

    Hopefully both the US and UK will finally get out of this pathetic war, that is not only a waste of resources but lives. . .

  • Callum Owen

    Really didn’t understand the title at first, but read through, and it came to me.

  • Joshua Weatherill

    Soldiers really do need some kind of after care. They can be so traumatised after fighting. They look after us so we should look after them. Right?

  • Ozzzzysh

    Call me crazy, but I’m generally scared of mind altering medication. I get nervous knowing that I won’t be myself after I take a medication. I honestly couldn’t tell you what I would do in their situation. Seeing and feeling what they went through would be so traumatic that I may very well feel the need for meds after that stress.

    • dj

      FYI check out ‘Military Anti-Suicide Spray “A Fix for Feelings?”‘ by ExperimentalVaccines & ‘Dr. Mercola Interviews Dr. Andrew Saul’ on youtube .
      The latter vid reveals a 50 yr unpatented fix for depression,etc

  • Daniel Mulkey

    its sad to see soldiers that want to serve end up killing themselves :( my uncle an army man…

  • CyberFanatic

    Suicide oh no. If you don’t mind me asking where do you get this information. Because I have never heard on the news of any person from the military even remotely attempting to kill themselves. This is a new one fore me.

  • Jesse Aranda

    I was thinking about creating a sort of social network for veterans or like a forum for connecting to other veterans. They could video chat, post a blog of their ideas and nightmares, and just connect to others that have seen the hell of war like they did. . Even for civilians suffering with depression get help by connecting over something online (such as WoW, Tumblr, and other online activities) having that common connection with someone could help out more.

  • phill_55

    If you havent been in the military you probably wont understant what im about to say when you come home from being in theater you need at the very least a good year to decompress. The Va is worthless at that they would rather medicate you and usually with Meds that come with the warning may cause suicidal thoughts. I know when I came back to the real I didnt leave my home for a good year. I just needed to be with family and friends. It took awhile but the break from life that year brought me to where I was ok and loved ones and my friends knew I was ok once again

  • steve362

    Wow, i really didn’t know that was possible.

  • HerezMikey

    It is very sad to hear about stuff like this. Fortunately, I don’t know any veterans who killed themselves. I don’t really like the military. I believe it does something with your head and that’s not cool. I think the spray will be a good thing. Some medication helps with certain problems. I’m not for medicating the whole world but with some people, meditation might not be enough.

  • Fereli

    Wow, I didn’t know this was that big of a problem for the military. Medication or meditation? I’d say whichever is right for an certain person. I mean, you are not everyone so what’s right for someone else, might not help you.

  • Bram Derksen

    Suicide is really one of the worst things you can do, I hope that it works

  • thomas houps

    So could this be used with people that in every day life try to commit suicide, some of my freinds have attempted to do this but have been prevented in other ways

  • Bharat Kumar Gupta

    Soldiers – the toughest among us, its really sad to read about suicide of such quality people. I dont have much perspective on this subject only to say thanks for posting, it ll definitely help someone.

  • Military Madness

    I suspect that meditation and the military — or ex-military, even — are not exactly on a first-name basis. Drugs, however? They’ve got a much better shot.

  • Beshoy Shafek Malk

    The military is a harsh place as i have seen from G.I joe lol but seriously its not worth taking your life away because you’re having a bad time. It will eventually get better

  • klandwehr

    I am not convinced that masking the problem with medication is a long term answer. I think it has to be a combination of both medication and meditation. One of the big differences between today wars and wars of the past (WWII and WWI) is that a soldier today can go from the battlefield to home in a matter of hours, where before it would have taken him several months. Those months allowed a soldier to decompress, from the battlefield.

  • nunya

    How bout less boots on the ground and more drones?

  • Lucas Follbring

    I wonder how many of those killing themselves went into the armed forces due to need of income and not because of some deep-rooted convictions only to find themselves in a worse situation than they ever imagined..

  • Lucas Follbring

    I wonder how many of those killing themselves went into the armed forces due to need of income and not because of some deep-rooted convictions only to find themselves in a worse situation than they ever imagined..

  • anthonym

    wow thats insane that naual spray