Monday, February 25, 2013

PTS Not Only Results Within War Theaters

PTSD can occur in people other than veterans, service members
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February 24, 2013 - Today, hundreds of thousands of service men and women and recent military veterans have seen combat. Many have been shot at, seen buddies killed, or witnessed death up close. These are the types of events that can lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that PTSD afflicts almost 31 percent of Vietnam veterans, 10 percent of Gulf War (Desert Storm) veterans, 20 percent of Iraq veterans and 11 percent of Afghanistan veterans.

War veterans brought PTSD to public attention, however, PTSD is also found among survivors of natural disasters, victims of crime and many others who have experienced traumatic events. PTSD affects 7.7 million Americans.

PTSD can occur at any age, is more likely to be developed in women than men, and there is some evidence that the potential for the disorder may run in families. PTSD is often accompanied by depression, substance abuse, or other anxiety disorders, as well as, sleep problems and jumpiness. read more>>>

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