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Veterans and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder can be brought on by any sort of traumatic experience. Veterans commonly experience PTSD, not only from deployment, but also from events experienced in training, and even military sexual trauma, or MST. Typically, symptoms are experienced after the traumatic event but they slowly subside over time. Those diagnosed with PTSD may feel frightened or nervous in any situation, even when they are not in danger.  

If you or someone you know is a veteran seeking treatment for PTSD or another mental health disorder, such as treatment-resistant depression, we do offer a discount on our IV Ketamine services. Please give our clinic a call to learn more.  

The number of veterans that experience PTSD varies depending on the war served in. See below on more statistics and facts about veterans and PTSD.

  • VA’s National Center for PTSD estimates that about 8% of the population will have PTSD at some point in their lives. 
  • Recent veterans are more likely to experience PTSD than those in the general population. 
  • Over half of all Veterans with military sexual trauma are men. 
  • The US Department of Veteran Affairs estimates that about 11-20 out of every 100 Veterans (between 11-20%) who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom have PTSD in a given year, about 12 out of every 100 Gulf War Veterans (12%) have PTSD in a given year, and about 30 out of every 100 (30%) of Vietnam Veterans have had PTSD in their lifetime. 
  • The US Department of Veteran Affairs also estimates that among those who use VA health care, about: 
  • 23 out of 100 women (or 23%) reported sexual assault when in the military. 
  • 55 out of 100 women (or 55%) and 38 out of 100 men (or 38%) have experienced sexual harassment when in the military. 
  • “According to a study conducted by the RAND Center for Military Health Policy Research, less than half of returning veterans needing mental health services receive any treatment at all, and of those receiving treatment for PTSD and major depression, less than one-third are receiving evidence-based care” (Reisman). 

At Hopemark, we value and appreciate all veterans and their service. We have many different treatment options for those suffering from PTSD, from psychotherapy and EMDR, to Ketamine infusions and Deep TMS. Call us today to learn more about our services. 

 

References:

Lawson, Nicole R. MS, PA-C. Posttraumatic stress disorder in combat veterans. JAAPA: May 2014 – Volume 27 – Issue 5 – p 18-22 

doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000446228.62683.52 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (n.d.). Post-traumatic stress disorder. National Institute of Mental Health. Retrieved November 4, 2022, from https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd 

Reisman M. PTSD Treatment for Veterans: What’s Working, What’s New, and What’s Next. P T. 2016 Oct;41(10):623-634. PMID: 27757001; PMCID: PMC5047000. 

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