PTSD on the rise for veterans - FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV

PTSD on the rise for veterans

Posted: Updated:
Many of the men and women who serve our country in the military come home to face yet another war: the war within themselves.  It's a problem better known as post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.  

In the Army, routines served Shannon-Elizabeth Kincade well. But when she got home from two tours of duty in Iraq, adjusting to civilian life was hard. She was eventually diagnosed with PTSD.  

PTSD develops after a person is exposed to physical harm, or the threat of physical harm.  According to Dr. Bekh Bradley, past experiences can cause a person with PTSD to respond to danger under circumstances that aren't necessarily dangerous.

It's estimated that between 10 and 20 percent of all veterans have PTSD.  With an influx of troops returning home from Afghanistan, the number of diagnosed cases has jumped 50 percent in the last year.  

Dr. Bradley says treatment for PTSD varies by the individual, and in order to properly treat them, you first have to look at what's holding them back individually.  

For Kincade, the right treatment was therapy and a dog named Rocky.  But she says every veteran's experience is different—but all are real.  So, a listening ear is invaluable.  

If you or a loved one might be suffering from PTSD, experts say you don't have to suffer in silence.  Get help.  

Here's a list of links for helpful resources regarding PTSD:

 

  • Good Day ArchiveMore>>

  • Back to School Jamboree with Hosea Feed The Hungry

    Back to School Jamboree with Hosea Feed The Hungry

    Hosea Feed the Hungry will host their annual Back to School Jamboree on Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Turner Field. Children will receive a backpack filled with school supplies.

    Hosea Feed the Hungry will host their annual Back to School Jamboree on Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Turner Field. Children will receive a backpack filled with school supplies.

  • SKYFOX Traffic

    Tips for navigating around Georgia Dome traffic

    Tips for navigating around Georgia Dome traffic

    Thursday, August 21 2014 9:16 AM EDT2014-08-21 13:16:27 GMT
    For the next three years, if you plan to be anywhere near the Georgia Dome, expect delays and plan ahead. That's the word from officials as we head into fall, the Dome's busiest time of the year.
    For the next three years, if you plan to be anywhere near the Georgia Dome, expect delays and plan ahead. That's the word from officials as we head into fall, the Dome's busiest time of the year.
  • Good Day Atlanta Extra

    Paula Deen: 'I'm happier, more solid, I'm smarter'

    Paula Deen: 'I'm happier, more solid, I'm smarter'

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 11:14 AM EDT2014-08-20 15:14:12 GMT
    Celebrity chef Paula Deen says she is 'happier and smarter' after a controversial year in the spotlight. Deen joined Good Day's Paul Milliken to candidly discuss the lessons she's learned, and her hopes for the future.
    Celebrity chef Paula Deen says she is 'happier and smarter' after a controversial year in the spotlight. Deen joined Good Day's Paul Milliken to candidly discuss the lessons she's learned, and her hopes for the future.
Powered by WorldNow

WTXF-TV
330 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2796

Phone: (215) 925-2929
Fax: (215) 982-5494

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices