Many soldiers who engage in combat and endure trauma develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a psychological illness that can result in violent mood swings and impaired decision-making. Recently, researchers discovered that veterans from New York are susceptible to developing mental conditions, such as PTSD.
A study conducted by the RAND Corporation found that 22 percent of former military officials from New York developed major depression or PTSD. Compared to the general population, the group of veterans examined were eight times more susceptible to PTSD and four times likely to suffer from major depression.
Researchers found that almost 40 percent of veterans were unaware of the mental health resources available to them, which is assumed to be one of the reasons why rates are high. Terry Schell, the lead author of the study, says that the Department of Veterans Affairs should work harder to inform former military officials that help is easy to find.
More than 7 million Americans suffer from PTSD every year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Counseling may be able to help individuals who have suffered extensive trauma.