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I for one am glad this is being highlighted in the news.
Originally posted by Nygdan
How many that request for treatment are denied it?
Originally posted by WyrdeOne
Answering the questions in the affirmative is, for all intents and purposes, a request for treatment, is it not?
When 78% of the servicemembers who are at risk of developing PTSD [...]
The questions relate to nightmares, severe memories that will not go away, feeling numb and being constantly on guard, watchful or easily startled. [...]The questions relate to nightmares, severe memories that will not go away, feeling numb and being constantly on guard, watchful or easily startled.
As far as real numbers of soldiers who specifically request treatment for PTSD, and are turned down, I don't know, but I will endeavor to find out this evening.
An early study of veterans returning from the Iraq war found that 1 in 6 showed symptoms of depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder. A more recent study found that 1 in 3 Iraq veterans has sought help from a mental health professional.
Despite a congressional mandate to assess the mental health of every soldier sent to a combat zone, interviews and Defense Department records obtained by The Courant reveal a fractured pre-deployment screening process in which less than 1 percent of deploying soldiers ever see a mental health professional. It is a practice that has put unfit service members in harm's way, increasing their risk for suicide and post-traumatic stress disorder.
The military's own studies suggest that as many as one in 11 troops is suffering from a major depressive disorder, anxiety disorder or PTSD that substantially impairs their ability to function at the time they are deployed to war. But military screeners have arranged mental health evaluations for fewer than one in 300 deploying troops, according to a Courant analysis of screening data for more than 930,000 troops processed from March 2003 through October 2005.