Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ( Ptsd )

1364 WordsJul 1, 20156 Pages
Currently, about eight percent of the world’s population will develop some form of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. These numbers maximize when focusing on the military alone. During the Vietnam War, about fifteen percent of veterans were diagnosed with PTSD. This number doubled as the veterans went on with their life continued after the war to thirty percent. Our two most recent wars, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, lead in the numbers with up to twenty percent of the veterans suffering from PTSD. It is very difficult to account for every military related suicide since the department of defense no longer keeps track of the military personnel who are retired or who are no longer in service. A study relating PTSD to military related suicide found that current or former military suicides could be as high as eight thousand annually. There are a few select methods of treatment to include forms of psychotherapy such as cognitive therapy and exposure therapy. These forms of treatment are sometimes used in conjunction with medications such as antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, and prazosin. The medication prescribe however may not be the best suitable for plenty of people and warn the users of it possibly more deadly side effects. Prazosin itself is not approved by the Federal Drug Administration for PTSD treatment and a combination of the drugs is usually suggested rather than only one at a time. For the small population of people
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