The Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System has released a new study in the JAMA Psychiatry journal linking the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to the occurrence of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in servicemembers.
The study followed 1,648 active duty Marines who were interviewed prior to and several months following a seven-month deployment in Iraq or Afghanistan. About 57 percent of the Marines in the study had suffered a TBI during a previous deployment and about 20 percent suffered a TBI during the recent deployment. Those who suffered a mild TBI saw a 23 percent increase in risk of PTSD while moderate to severe TBIs increased PTSD risk by 71 percent.
Researchers have yet to determine the complete extent of the factors that contribute to the development of PTSD in servicemembers. Some of the circumstances linked to developing the condition include:
- conditions prior to the traumatic event;
- how intense the event was or how long it lasted;
- if the soldier suffered injury or witnessed anyone else be injured;
- if the soldier witnessed a death; and
- how much support the soldier received following the event.
While PTSD may occur in anyone, the rates for military members are higher due to the nature of their work. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), an estimated 11-20 percent of veterans returning from deployment in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars may experience some symptoms of PTSD. The proportion is higher for Vietnam veterans, where about 30 percent of the population is estimated to suffer from the condition.
The Law Offices of Veterans Help Group, PA are here to help veterans who have suffered a service-related injury such as a TBI collect disability benefits when impairments from the injury cause disability. Service-connected disabilities such as PTSD may also be covered. Contact us today – 1-855-855-8992.