Post Traumatic Stress Disorder And Treatment For Mental Health Disorders

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The fast paced, often demanding world of life in the military, and the experiences of combat and death, create situations in which many veterans experience psychological stress. These stressful situations are typically complicated further by the self-medication of substance use, and other psychological disorders that may be present. There is a large number of military personnel that are facing stressful issues such as homelessness, suicide, and substance abuse, which could lead to them getting involved with the criminal justice system. There is approximately 18.5% of service members returning from Iraq or Afghanistan that suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or depression, and about 19.5% of military personnel report experiencing a traumatic brain injury during their deployment in the middle east (Veterans and Military Families, 2014). More than half of service members returning from the war in Iraq or Afghanistan, who are in need of services and treatment for mental health disorders seek it, but in most cases only a slight percentage over half who receive treatment, receive adequate care. According to data compiled by an assessment done by the Departments of Housing and Urban Development, and Veterans Affairs, nearly 76,000 veterans were living on the street on a given night in the year 2009. In that same year, approximately 136,000 veterans spent at least one night in a homeless shelter. Between the years 2004 and 2006, approximately 7.1% of U.S. veterans met the DSM

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