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PTSD on the rise for veterans

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Many of the men and women who serve our country in the military come home to face yet another war: the war within themselves.  It's a problem better known as post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.  

In the Army, routines served Shannon-Elizabeth Kincade well. But when she got home from two tours of duty in Iraq, adjusting to civilian life was hard. She was eventually diagnosed with PTSD.  

PTSD develops after a person is exposed to physical harm, or the threat of physical harm.  According to Dr. Bekh Bradley, past experiences can cause a person with PTSD to respond to danger under circumstances that aren't necessarily dangerous.

It's estimated that between 10 and 20 percent of all veterans have PTSD.  With an influx of troops returning home from Afghanistan, the number of diagnosed cases has jumped 50 percent in the last year.  

Dr. Bradley says treatment for PTSD varies by the individual, and in order to properly treat them, you first have to look at what's holding them back individually.  

For Kincade, the right treatment was therapy and a dog named Rocky.  But she says every veteran's experience is different—but all are real.  So, a listening ear is invaluable.  

If you or a loved one might be suffering from PTSD, experts say you don't have to suffer in silence.  Get help.  

Here's a list of links for helpful resources regarding PTSD:

 

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