A new study by Kings College London has shown that the rates of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the military has increased by 2%, from 4% in 2004-5 and 6% in 2014-16.
More veterans are seeking help as awareness of the condition has increased, and the report suggests that veterans who have seen active combat are more likely to have reported symptoms of PTSD than those still serving. A possible reason for this is delayed onset of symptoms, and the loss of the support network upon leaving the forces.
In addition, the study found that frontline combatants were more likely to suffer the effects of PTSD than those in support roles, such as aircrew or doctors. The study found that of those veterans deployed to Afghanistan in a support role, 6% have reported symptoms suggesting probable military PTSD, while the figure for those in combat roles was 17%.
Dr Walter Busuttil, Medical Director at Combat Stress, said “In the last decade, the number of veterans seeking help from our charity, particularly from those who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, has increased by 97% with more than 2,000 new veterans now coming to us each year.”
In addition, the study found that there was an increased risk of common mental health issues amongst veterans who previously held a frontline combat role.
What is Military PTSD?
As a mental illness it can be tricky to define, but symptoms can include:
- Irritability towards others
- Feeling isolated
- Feeling guilty
- Sleep disorders including insomnia
- Reliving the traumatic event
- Anxiety and/or anxiety attacks
These symptoms can be delayed and may not be experienced until many years after the traumatic event occurred. Whether the onset is immediate or after a number of years, you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation.
If you believe you have suffered PTSD as a result of military service, or indeed through any other traumatic event, Blackwater Law can offer advice and all accepted claims are taken on a no win, no fee basis.