Jennifer Fisher Wilson
Fisher Wilson J.; Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Needs to Be Recognized in Primary Care. Ann Intern Med. 2007;146:617-620. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-146-8-200704170-00025
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2007;146(8):617-620.
All across the country, military health centers are facing a growing wave of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan who are struggling to readjust to life at home. While the changes wrought by the physical injuries of war are obvious, many veterans' lives have been changed in more subtle ways by the psychological aftereffects. Bomb blasts, gunfire, and the constant threat of danger have left an estimated 15% of veterans with chronic posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a disorder that many people still stigmatize as a sign of weakness or something that veterans should just ignore or get over. However, an anonymous survey of veterans returning from active duty in Iraq or Afganistan noted PTSD as the biggest mental health problem that they were facing (1).
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