Big Jump Last Year In Military PTSD Cases

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press


PENTAGON (AP) - The Pentagon says both the Army and Marine Corps
reported sharp increases in post-traumatic stress disorder last
year.
The Army says it had more than 10,000 new cases -- an increase
of some 3,200. The Marines report a total of more than 2,100 new
cases last year, compared to about 1,400 the year before.
The Pentagon says almost 40,000 PTSD cases have been diagnosed
since 2003. But it's believed the actual number could be twice that
because troops keep problems to themselves out of embarrassment or
concern about their careers.
Some troops, at the encouragement of the military, are being
treated privately.
The rise in PTSD cases is blamed partly on increased exposure to
combat as troops do third and fourth tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.


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