PTSD and our military

I think that the data is clear. PTSD can happen to anyone. Post traumatic stress syndrome. If there is a way to decrease the intensity of the combat and the frequency then you can decrease the incidence but that’s not the direction that our troops are heading. Secretary Gates announced that each tour of duty will be longer and not shorter. With the surge, there is no doubt that our soldiers will be the thick of it more often.

PTSD comes in many forms. It appears that the number sexual assaults have increased in the military. This will be non-combat PTSD. These soldiers will need treatment also.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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