According to recent statistics, new diagnoses of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have increased within British service personnel.
The number of British troops suffering from PTSD has increased over recent years. A total of 94 members of the armed forces were newly diagnosed with the disorder between July and September of last year, this is nearly four times as many recorded in the same period in 2008.
There were 305 new cases of PTSD in the 12 months running up to September of last year, while only 153 were recorded in 2007 – 2008. These statistics have been released by the Defence Analytical Services and Advice.
Figures revealed that personnel who served in Iraq or Afghanistan showed a much higher chance of developing mental disorders. RAF personnel, soldiers and non-officer ranks were also highlighted as more likely to suffer from mental health problems like PTSD.
PTSD is an anxiety disorder that is caused by a traumatic experience or frightening event. Common symptoms include insomnia, flashbacks and heightened anxiety. For some sufferers, symptoms may not develop until many years after the event.
A spokesman for Combat Stress (a mental health charity for military veterans) has said: “The nation is facing huge numbers of soldiers who will need help overcoming things they’ve experienced serving their country.”
A spokesman from the Ministry of Defence has replied stating that the mental health of service personnel has top priority and that the government has committed £7.2 million to help improve services.
If you are suffering from psychological trauma or PTSD, you may find speaking to a counsellor helpful. For more information, please see our Trauma page.
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