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An Epidemic Of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)

EPIDEMIC oF PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) Every 80 Minutes 1 VETERAN DIES BY SUICIDE 7% of U.S. population but account for are vets... 20% of suicides 228,875 U.S. troops who served in Iraq or Afghanistan that have PTSD 50,409 Wounded in Action 834,467 1.5 MILLION NEW VETS 55% Vets from Iraq & Afghanistan Need VA Health Care MOST COMMON DIAGNOSIS 476,763 Musculoskeletal & Connective Tissue Diseases PTSD 239,174 444,551 Mental Disorder 378,428 Nervous System or Sense Organ Diseases The last 3 months 50,000 of 2012: average 184 184 184 New Vets Diagnosed with PTSD new PTSD cases 184 per day OCT NOV DEC $600 Million 20% of Female VA spent on treating PTSD Iraq/Afghanistan Vets have PTSD FACTORS THAT INCREASE LIKELIHOOD OF PTSD Intensity of the trauma Being hurt or losing a friend Being close to the traumatic event Feeling out of control Having a lack of support TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES IN THE MILITARY INCLUDE Seeing Dead Bodies Sexual Harassment Being Shot At Killing People Being Ambushed Worrying About Family SYMPTOMS Worse when reminded of Flashbacks trauma Hyper-vigilance Avoidance Intrusive Nightmares Hyper-arousal Memories Memory & concentration Abnormal startle responses PTSD CAN LEAD TO Alcohol & Heart Attack Depression Dementia Stroke Suicide Drug Abuse COMBAT TRAUMA IS NOT THE ONLY CAUSE OF PTSD ABUSE CATASTROPHE Mental Accidents Rape Natural disasters Death Physical Sexual Terrorism Explosion Gunfire Verbal Animal Attack Assault TREATMENTS FOR PTSD ARE Psychotherapy & Medications ARE YOU ARE IN CRISIS? Call 911 or Go to the nearest Emergency Room Call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 Contact the Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255, press 1 (text 838255) brought to you by SINCE 2001 2012 2013

An Epidemic Of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is gaining attention for causing addiction, mental problems and negative impact on health for veterans. Being in battle can cause lifelong problems more than we think.


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