The U.S. military suffered more casualties from suicide than from combat last year. A staggering 349 service members took their own lives in 2012 according to a
While attending the "Coping with Wicked Problems" course at the
"Darryl identified military suicides as an issue on which he wanted to focus for the wicked problems course," she said. "His interest in the topic grew as the course progressed and continued to the point where he actually came up with a solution that he is now prototyping," said Roberts.
Diptee lists Roberts' enthusiasm, energy and passion along with a concerning
"I saw the
The CEA theory offers an explanation as to why people in the U.S. military could become suicidal. As Diptee describes it, CEA occurs when a person's brain rapidly loses the ability to process emotions due to prolonged exposure to an emotionally-sterile environment.
"My CEA theory states that suicidal symptoms [in the military] are environmentally induced due to the machine-like, stone-faced bravado that occurs in military culture ... leaving little room for any honest expression of personal feelings or emotions," said Diptee.
Macho-man syndrome negatively stigmatizes the expression of emotion and rewards emotional-numbness, he added.
"Expressing emotion and feelings is jokingly seen as a characteristic of the weak in the military," he continued. "Further enforcing the bottling up of emotions, which can have detrimental effects leading to CEA."
As Diptee continued his research into the root causes of service member suicides, he began noticing a correlation between their underlying symptoms, and those of patients who experience frontal lobe damage.
"I created the CEA theory during the research process after discovering numerous symptomatic similarities between medical patients who suffered frontal lobe brain damage [due to surgery, accidents etc.] and suicidal military members with physically intact brains," said Diptee.
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