Battle on the home front: post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) medication side effects and the quality of life of Canadian male veterans
University of New Brunswick
This thesis examines the experiences of Canadian male veterans and the impact that PTSD medication side effects have had on their quality of life. Using a narrative methodology, their stories of PTSD and the anti-anxiety and anti-depressant medication side effects revealed themes of fatigue and sexuality that were connected to the hegemonic masculinity of military culture, impacting the veterans’ everyday lives, relationships, and ultimately their sense of self. Deeper sub-themes of guilt and loss of identity emerged and require further investigation. This study illustrates the power of examining lived experiences from trauma and recommends the integration of narrative care into current treatment programs for veterans living with PTSD.