Nearly 20 percent of military service members who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan—300,000 in all—report symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder or major depression, yet only slightly more than half have sought treatment, according to a 2008 RAND study commissioned by the Pentagon.
In the study, researchers found about 19 percent of returning service members report that they experienced a possible traumatic brain injury while deployed, with 7 percent reporting both a probable brain injury and current PTSD or major depression.
Left untreated, PTSD can result in more serious health and socio-economic outcomes. Left untreated, PTSD can result in an increased risk of suicide.
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PTSD & Veterans: Beyond the Yellow Ribbons
- Discussing Trauma & PTSD with Your Doctor
- How Common is PTSD?
- PTSD & Older Veterans
- PTSD & Women
- Returning from the War Zone: A Guide for Military Personnel
- Sleep & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- What Can I Do if I Think I Have PTSD?
- What is PTSD?
- America's Heroes At Work: PTSD Symptoms & Treatment
- Army Behavioral Health
- Army Mental Health Advisory Team Reports
- Clinical Trials for PTSD
- Echoes of War: The Combat Veteran in Criminal Court – Encouraging Treatment Over Incarceration of Our Most Troubled Returning Heroes – The Minnesota Model (Brockton D. Hunter, January 20, 2009)
- International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
- Let’s Talk Facts About PTSD (American Psychiatric Assn.)
- Madison VAMC PTSD Clinic
- Mental Health Services Locator: Wisconsin
- National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD)
- PTSD 101
- PTSD: FamilyDoctor.org
- PTSD: National Institute of Mental Health
- PTSD: Treatment
- VVA’s Guide to PTSD