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Wars were a means to an end when two nations engaged in irreconcilable conflicts and appointed intense armed warfare against each other. It is characterized by violence, aggression and destruction of the said nations. While the casualties are mourned and forgotten, the survivors live to tell the horrific tales of the battles and their survival. Throughout history, wars have had more death numbers than survivors, especially for the losing nations. The war survivors can go through a myriad of difficulties coping with the mass violence of communities and witnessing the slaughter of their own people.

Surviving a war can be a medal of victory, yet the horrors can haunt one for their lifetime and the destruction could impact their mental health on an unprecedented scale. The effects of leaving a battlefield alive can feel like a miracle, especially after watching death and life so closely. The pain of watching the brutally murdered dead bodies lying on the ground while your breaths are still going on can become a feeling of intense guilt. It can be an unforgettable experience to withhold and can change one’s mind to an extent that they are left completely traumatized by the events. Often the survivors find it difficult to adjust to the real world after witnessing cut-throat warfare and remembering the people who died in front of them.

Many soldiers can be haunted by the death of certain people who were killed or assassinated in front of their eyes. Many psychological and mental traumas can be caused by encountering such barbaric visuals of death, slaughter or violence. War survivors with such fatal experiences are advised to seek professional help to heal from these traumas. The sense of impending doom can leave them scattered and helpless, leaving them alone with the horrors of their memories.

Survivor guilt is a term used by psychiatric and psychological experts which is defined as the guilt-induced from surviving when others have not or the behavior that was required for survival. Throughout history, such survivors have been treated through this condition but many survivors are prone to developing depression and anxiety from the memories. This condition is very prevalent in veterans and survivors and those suffering from the disorders induced by this guilt are encouraged to seek help to heal from the disorder in order to find their footing back in the real world.

War survivors go through a myriad of difficulties when they are transformed back to normal life and have issues with socialization and communication as they adjust back to life in the real world. Their transition to civilian life is a difficult journey and are usually prescribed medical help before making this adjustment. War survivors usually find it challenging to move on from their emotionally traumatic and distressing experiences from the battlefield of war. This hindrance in their transition is a direct result of the condition that most war survivors are diagnosed with, named post-traumatic stress (PTS) which can prove to be a hurdle in their process of healing. The challenges that war survivors go through can be endless in the real world and their past experiences are likely to haunt them for a long time before they begin the process of healing.