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Mental health is a major health issue in the United States, as 43.8 million Americans suffer from diseases such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. Over 50% of Americans who suffer from mental disorders do not receive any form of treatment or health services. Mental health has become a considerable issue for veterans returning from wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. As of 2015, up to 23% of those who have returned from these two countries have developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Veterans display a similar trend for lack of treatment as is seen in the general population. Even more alarming, of those who sought treatment in 2008, slightly over 50% received just minimally...
Today is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Screening Day, one of the key days in National PTSD Awareness Month. If you think you might be suffering from PTSD, the Department of Veterans Affairs’€™ National Center for PTSD is an excellent resource to consult. And that makes sense: PTSD is most commonly associated with the military. Troops returning from far-flung theaters, having experienced the uncensored horrors of war, are prime candidates to develop PTSD. It’€™s estimated that 1 in 5 veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan ’€” 300,000 in all ’€” have been diagnosed with PTSD. PTSD is hardly limited to the military. Victims of abuse or assault and people closely affected by serious...

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