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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

One Female Soldier's Struggle with PTSD

From Sunday's Washington Post:

There are times when Trinette Johnson's life seems to stall, when she finds herself staring at the ceiling fan in her bedroom, watching the blades spin, her mind hung on nothing -- not her receptionist job, not her fiance, not her ailing father or her four children.

Not even the war.

The war, of course, is always there somewhere, she said, an unseen force in her life, sometimes producing moments of blank detachment, sometimes stirring up anger like nothing she has ever known.

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Interesting info on some of the more recent PTSD studies in the article. Apparently, the incidence of combat PTSD in our female troops is now thought to equal that of the men (in the civilian population, women have 2X the rate of PTSD as do men).

This new data would seem to counter that found in a Newsweek piece from last summer which reflected the following:

Roughly 85,000 vets from the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have sought VA medical care. Eleven percent—or 9,688—of those have been diagnosed with PTSD so far. Eleven percent — or 9,688 — of those have been diagnosed with PTSD so far. Of those, 1,277 have been women. That adds up to a higher rate for women.

Read the rest of Donna St. George's piece for more.

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