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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Posted on August 20th, 2010

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been receiving greater attention in recent years because of the high incidence of the disorder among soldiers returning from deployment in Iraq and Afganistan. Additionally, soldiers are not the only people who can develop PTSD. PTSD affects approximately 8 percent of the United States population, with between a quarter and one-third of people who experience a significant trauma developing PTSD.

Significant trauma is considered any event that is dangerous or upsetting such as an assault or violent attack, combat, natural disaster, or vehicle crash (National Institute of Mental Health, 2008). Symptoms of PTSD, which can occur anytime after the event, include re-experiencing the event, such as having recurring nightmares, avoiding reminders of the event, being less responsive including feeling detached and less interested in life activities, and increased arousal, such as having angry outbursts or difficulty sleeping (Grinage, 2003).

The good news is if you or someone you know has been experiencing symptoms such as those described above, treatment is available. BHSI offers the opportunity to take an anonymous screening for PTSD as well as other common mental health conditions. The screenings are free and only take a few minutes. To take a screening visit:

Bell, S. (2007, January 17). The Invisible Injury: PTSD and Iraq War Veterans. Associated Content.
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National Institute of Mental Health. (2008). Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Easy-to-Read). Retrieved from

Grinage, B. D. (2003). Diagnosis and Management of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder [Electronic version].
American Family Physician, 68, 2401-2409

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