PTSD Rises Among Soldiers In Iraq

The number of soldiers who are displaying signs of post traumatic stess disorder has jumped by about 50% in 2007. Records show that about 40,000 members of the military have been diagnosed with the illness since 2003. However, Army Surgeon General Eric Schoomaker believes we do not right presently “have good numbers.” He attributed the rise in numbers to better record keeping and increased exposure of soldiers to combat. Officals have been urging soldiers and their family members to seek professional help if signs of the illness appear. The new figures that were revealed indicate that Army and Marine personnel are being hit hardest by PTSD.

Army statistics show there were nearly 14,000 newly diagnosed cases across the services in 2007 cmpared wth more than 9,500 in the previus year and 1,632 in 2003. The Marine Corps had more thn 2,100 new cases com pared with 1,366 in 2006. More than 5,000 Marines have been diagnosed with PTSD since 2003. In a sense the Surgeon General is correct, more knowledge means more soldiers are seeking treatment. But, this is good news, not bad.