According to the National Institute of Mental Health, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects roughly seven percent of adults in the United States during their lifetime. The neurological disorder can arise in a patient who has experienced or witnessed “a shocking, scary, or dangerous event,” and is fairly common among military service men and women who have served their country in times of war.
The percentage of Veterans with PTSD by war:
- Operations Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Enduring Freedom (OEF): About 11-20 out of every 100 Veterans (or between 11-20 percent) who served in OIF or OEF have PTSD in a given year.
- Gulf War (Desert Storm): About 12 out of every 100 Gulf War Veterans (or 12 percent) have PTSD in a given year.
- Vietnam War: About 15 out of every 100 Vietnam Veterans (or 15 percent) were currently diagnosed with PTSD at the time of the most recent study in the late 1980s, the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study (NVVRS). It is estimated that about 30 out of every 100 (or 30 percent) of Vietnam Veterans have had PTSD in their lifetime.
PTSD is a life-altering condition for some, as certain situations, sounds, light patterns, and other…