NJ study targets post-traumatic stress disorder among vets
(03/16/06) TRENTON ? The New Jersey Division of Veterans Programs will soon start a pilot study designed to identify post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at an early stage.
The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs estimates 18 percent of troops returning from a war zone suffer from PTSD. The warning signs can be difficult to spot, because the blood and physical scarring typically associated with war wounds are not present. In addition, soldiers are sometimes reluctant to come forward and admit they are having problems. That type of feeling among soldiers means the 18 percent figure may be very conservative.
The new study slated to begin is designed to identify individuals most likely to develop PTSD before they get home. Despite many options for treatment, medical officials believe the majority of research efforts need to be put toward identification.
Related links: New Jersey Veterans Affairs Hotline for help: : 866-VETS-NJ4U, (866-838-7654)