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• 70% of US adults, or 223 million people, have experienced a traumatic event. Almost 20% of these go on to develop PTSD, or the population of California and New York combined.
• According to VA, experts estimate that up to 20% of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans, 10% of Gulf War veterans, and 30% of Vietnam War veterans have experienced PTSD.
• PTSD is recognized as a psychobiological mental disorder than can affect survivors not only of combat experience, but also terrorist attacks, natural disasters, serious accidents, assault or abuse, or even sudden and major emotional losses.
• 1 out of 9 women develop PTSD (twice as likely as men)
• PTSD affects about 7.7 million American adults in a given year, though the disorder can develop at any age including childhood.
• Almost 50% of all outpatient mental health patients have PTSD.
• 17% of combat troops are women; 71% of female military personnel develop PTSD due to sexual assault within the ranks.*
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*Sources: National Institute of Mental Health https://www.nimh.nih.gov; PTSD United, Inc www.ptsdunited.org
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Soldiers with symptoms of PTSD often faced rejection by their military peers and were feared by society in general.
PTSD is associated with changes in brain function and structure and these changes provide clues to the origins, treatment, and prevention of PTSD. Some cases may be delayed, with only subtle symptoms showing up initially and more severe symptoms emerging months after the traumatic event.
In the past year alone the number of diagnosed cases in the military jumped 50%. The battle still lies with getting cases to be reported.
Those with PTSD symptoms were often labeled as “weak” and removed from combat zones, or sometimes discharged from military service.
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