Essay on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ( Ptsd )

1437 Words Oct 17th, 2016 6 Pages
There is an estimate of 23.4 million veterans in the United States and about 2.2 million military service members. Due to the demanding environments of military life and experiences of combat, personnel experience some sort of mental illness at some point throughout or after their military career. Service members are faced with sexual trauma, depression, stress, brain injuries, suicide, substance abuse, homelessness, and/or involvement with the criminal justice systems. Approximately 18.5% of service have post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) or depression and 19.5% experience a traumatic brain injury (TBI) during deployment.
Only about 50% of returning service members who need mental health treatment seek it, while more than half who receive treatment receive the adequate care that is effective. Between 2004 and 2006, 7.1% of U.S. veterans met the criteria for a substance use disorder. The Army suicide rate reached an all-time high in 2012. Over the last 5 years from 2005 to 2009, statistics have shown that more than 1,100 members of the Armed Forces took their own lives. The average of suicide of counted for 1 suicide for every 36 hours (SAMHSA, 2016).
It is important for researchers who are a part of the mental health profession to extensively support the health care needs of America’s personnel who are active duty, National Guard, Reserve, and veterans. Efforts should be put in place to ensure that community-based services are accessible, culturally competent, and…

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