More than 7 million Americans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and a number of them are veterans. Rehabilitation facilities can help individuals manage the condition, but many veterans are still undiagnosed.
The rate of suicides in the army has nearly doubled since 2004, NPR reports. As more soldiers struggle with the disorder, many of them are resorting to other measures to cope. Experts say that PTSD sends some over the edge, resulting in death.
The Army is beginning to invest more time into researching PTSD, but experts agree that soldiers’ reluctancy to seek help is also becoming a hurdle in developing treatment. Pride commonly gets in the way of soldiers who were brought up on mental toughness.
Officials have discovered that although injuries in combat and death have contributed to PTSD in those who are serving, daily stressors have also been defining factors. Lacking home-cooked meals and a warm bed to sleep in are just a few of the things that have been enough to push soldiers over the edge.
In 2005, more than $4.3 billion went to veterans who needed care for post-traumatic stress disorder, according to Medicine Net. Rehabilitation facilities have played a crucial role in nursing soldiers with mental health issues.