More than 7 million people suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the U.S. every year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Rehabilitation facilities can help individuals cope with the condition, but many go undiagnosed.
At Ease, a Nebraska nonprofit treatment center, was recently created by an Omaha advertising executive. Therapists at the rehab facility have seen an increase in cases as more individuals come to terms with their symptoms of PTSD, according to the Omaha World-Herald. Soldiers who engaged in combat from Iraq to Vietnam have sought help from At Ease, which does not turn down anyone who lacks the financial means to pay for therapy.
Jan Baxter is one example of an individual who reached out for help from the group. Since receiving treatment, Baxter has begun helping others who have contacted At Ease for assistance. More than 83 percent of individuals who have received assistance from the nonprofit organization reported a reduction in symptoms. Baxter believes that being mentored by people with the same condition can be attributed to the success.
Approximately $4.3 billion went to veterans who needed care for PTSD 2005, according to Medicine Net, a medical resource site. Rehabilitation facilities and organizations, such as At Ease, can help individuals manage the illness over time.