PTSD’s Effects On Iraq Soldiers

More than 7 million Americans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) every year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Soldiers who return home from war are especially prone to developing the condition. Rehabilitation facilities can help individuals suffering from PTSD, but many people are reluctant to receive treatment.

Jeff Hanks, 30, is one soldier who knew he had seen too much. While serving in Iraq, Hanks witnessed an explosion that harmed a nearby child, according to CBS News. After trying to wrestle with the emotional turmoil caused by what he had seen, Hanks decided to seek help. His superior officer ordered him to serve in Afghanistan before his mental examination, which is when Hanks felt he had no choice but to go AWOL.

Hanks returned home around Veteran’s Day. After a number of evaluations, doctors concluded that Hanks’ functioning had become “severely impaired” and he was at high risk for PTSD. He has since begun treatment.

PTSD can develop at any age, according to the NIMH. Rehabilitation facilities can help individuals and their loved ones manage PTSD over time.