With many soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, mental health specialists expect to see an increase in the number of cases of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The illness affects an estimated 7.8 percent of the American population. It is thought to affect more woman than men.
Because of the likelihood of witnessing a traumatic event during war, soldiers are at a greater risk for developing PTSD.
It’s important for members of the community to work together in the fight against mental illness. A group of workers in Elizabethtown, Kentucky (which is located near the Fort Knox base) are doing just that by teaching civilians in their area about PTSD. They’re also allowing qualified officials to come learn more about the disorder.
The trainers hope that their efforts will help soldiers in Kentucky cope with the stress of war and educate the local population on the disorder. Hopefully the education will help the civilians learn ways to offer their support to soldiers and recognize the signs of PTSD.
PTSD training offered outside Fort KnoxWDRBCity and police officials in Elizabethtown, near the Fort Knox Army post, will be offering training sessions for civilians to learn about post-traumatic stress disorder.and moreﾠ» …