Years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq have brought post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD ) among military personnel to the attention of the American people as never before. But PTSD is also found among survivors of natural disasters, victims of crime, and many others who have experienced traumatic events.

For more - read here - PTSD - A Growing Epidemic

David, a Vietnam veteran who served in the Air Force discusses his experiences with the anti-war culture of America and how he was treated poorly in society. His description of his PTSD indicates that it was onset due to a traumatic event many years after he returned home from war. This clip is a good example of how people live with this stress everyday but dismiss it until something in their life dramatically changes.

For more - read here >> PTSD History

Partners of Veterans with PTSD: Research Findings

by US Department of Veteran Affairs.

Footnote - Personally I didn't find much from the VA that seems they understand it or they employ doctors who don't understand it, so I'll not be including much from them here.

Fast Facts

  • PTSD affects about 7.7 million American adults.
  • PTSD can occur at any age.
  • Women are more likely to develop PTSD 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.
  • Members of the military exposed to war/combat and other groups at high risk for trauma exposure are at risk for developing PTSD .
  • Among veterans returning from the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, PTSD and mild to moderate traumatic brain injury (TBI) are often linked and their symptoms may overlap. Blast waves from explosions can cause TBI, rattling the brain inside the skull.
PTSD: National Center for PTSD

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