Posttraumatic Stress Disorde Among Veterans

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PTSD in US military veterans since the Vietnam War ranged from approximately 2% to 17%. Studies of recent conflicts suggest that combat-related PTSD afflicts between 4% and 17% of US Iraq War veterans, but only 3“6% of returning UK Iraq War veterans.According to the U.S. Department of Veteran affairs, an average of 20 veterans commit suicide per day.

Posttraumatic stress disorder or PTSD it is classify as a psychiatric disorder that happens on people that witnesses a traumatic event such as war, natural events and or disaster. (2) Many recent reports have referred to post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury as the signature wounds of the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts. With the increasing of suicide and suicide attempts among returning veterans, (1) from 10.1 in 100.000 to 22.1 in 2012. Posttraumatic stress disorder could bring back memories, flashbacks and nightmares, another sign of PTSD is feeling constantly on guard, feeling numb towards things you cared before, that’s why people try to avoid everything that could bring them back to the moment or image that caused it all. It could last for more than a month or it could be with them for the rest of their lives. Most of the times a military member doesn’t want to talk about what happened because it still hurts or because his family would not understand. After returning from war some victims of PTSD can be set off by such things as fire works, loud noises, dogs barking, etc.

PTSD is not a new discovery, it has been around since mans has been able to wage war. After World War I it was known as shell shock, in reference to soldiers witnessing the explosion of artillery, damage to the brain was thought to be the cause of it but when more soldiers that were not near an explosion had the same symptoms the way of thinking changed.

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