Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. while most commonly thought of as
a disorder affacting combat veterans may actually exist amoung the civillian
public as well. PTSD is not really understood and is of need of much greater
People with frequent high levels of traumatic stress repeatedly in their
can develope PTSD. I suspect there is a portion of this nation's homeless
who also have symptoms of PTSD.
At the core of this issue is how and when this disorder manifests
itself. Could it be that a returning Vet whose witnessed some
personal catastrophic event, may take months or even years to
fully exhibit some symptoms?
Are constantly redeployed vets more vulnerable to PTSD?
Why do some experience PTSD while others seemingly
rebound from the injuries and horrors they've experienced.
It's not unusual for medical patients with downward spiraling
catastrophic illnesses to exibit sympton associated with PTSD.
I read somewhere that anti depressants only prove effective
in 50% of those prescribed these drugs. A 20 minute session
once a month with a councelor doesn't seem effective.
But what may give the PTSD victim the best chance of coping
and recovery is a good support system by caring individuals
familiar with the disorder. Group Therapy or Support Groups.
If Vets with PTSD are under served, Civilians with the disorder
may go their whole lives without a clue or without diagnosis
much less efective treatment, ......bdpoe
"...The symptoms can include flashbacks, hypervigilance, anxiety,
nightmares, irritability, anger and insomnia. PTSD can be treated with counseling and
In a message dated 6/27/2006 8:58:15 PM Eastern Standard Time,
PTSD is triggered by exposure to a life-threatening or horrifying experience
and is the most prevalent combat-related mental health disorder.
By some estimates, 19 percent of those returning from Vietnam showed signs
of the disorder. Some recent studies have estimated up to 17 percent of the
soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq have displayed PTSD symptoms.
The symptoms can include flashbacks, hypervigilance, anxiety, nightmares,
irritability, anger and insomnia. PTSD can be treated with counseling and
The Defense Department uses a questionnaire to assess the physical and
mental health of soldiers as they leave Iraq and Afghanistan. Service members who
respond positively to at least three PTSD questions are considered at risk
and eligible for further evaluation.
All returning soldiers also meet with health care providers to discuss any
medical or physical problems.
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