Post-traumatic stress disorder to haunt millennials
The Kansas City Star
Post-traumatic stress disorder will trouble the millennial generation for decades.
PTSD is an affliction affecting thousands of young men and women who served in the military during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Seeing others die, combat or witnessing some other horrific event causes it.
The service personnel are bringing the untreated mental illness back home with symptoms that include trouble concentrating, startled responses to noises or other events, or inappropriate emotional responses. The Associated Press reported that of the 2.6 million people deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, 13 percent to 20 percent have PTSD.
Some experts put the the number even higher because of the military’s unwillingness to diagnose and treat the illness. In addition to the young veterans, families, businesses and communities are having to cope with the disorder that is affecting mostly millennials. It is going to be a long-term problem that the population will have to contend with.