Recent official statistics have stated that the number of new PTSD cases recorded in British troops has risen sharply.
Between July and September 2012 94 members of the armed forces were registered as new cases suffering from PTSD. This compares with only 25 news cases recorded in the same period in 2008.
According to statistics released by the Defence Analytical Services and Advice, new cases of PTSD stood at 305 in the 12 months to September last year. In 2007 to 2008 there were 153 cases logged.
The increase in numbers is clearly distressing, and is only representative of those who have actually been properly diagnosed. A recent article in The Indpendent highlighted how a PTSD sufferer was downgraded in his diagnosis of PTSD to ‘adjustment disorder’. He later sought a second opinion from a Harley Street professional who categorically told him that he was suffering from PTSD.
It is not just a rise PTSD that is cause for concern. Those personnel who had served in Iraq or Afghanistan were found to have higher rates of other types of mental disorders. Those likely to suffer mental health issues include women, soldiers, RAF personnel and non-officer ranks.
According to the Ministry of Defence, £7.2 million of government money has been set aside for improving services. Jason Brady, partner at Blackwater Law has certainly noticed an increase In inquiries in relation to PTSD claims.
‘At Blackwater Law we have noticed an increase in enquiries for PTSD compensation claims from soldiers and ex soldiers over the last 12 months or so. The Ministry of Defence and other parties owe a duty of care to soldiers and this extends to those soldiers that suffer from PTSD following active service. Media coverage of soldiers and ex soldiers suffering from PTSD has helped in the national educational process regarding PTSD and as a result more soldiers and ex soldiers are getting professional help for this disorder and in addition they are making claims for compensation which they are entitled to. We at Blackwater Law are committed to assisting with this national educational process to ensure soldiers and ex soldiers get expert advice on making claims for compensation and the professional help they need.’