Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is calling for all returning combat troops, from privates to generals, to undergo screen ing for post-traumatic stress with a mental health professional, a move intended at stemming an epidemic of psychological issues among veterans. There is growing concern many soldiers are hesitant to seek psychological assistance. Mullen believes “I’m at a point where I believe we have to give(mental health) screening to everybody to help remove the stigma of raising your hand.” There is no doubt many veterans fear being identified with PTSD as though it somehow reflects on their ability as a soldier
Experts are aware many veterans know how to avoid being classified with PTSD because of their fears. The only solution is having individuals be with a psychologist for more than a five minute interview.