Study Says Quarter Million Vietnam Vets Have PTSD
About 15 to 17 percent of Vietnam War veterans–or more than a quarter million people–may be suffering the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), concludes a study published in _JAMA Psychiatry. _
The study from New York University builds on data from the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study (NVVRS), which was collected from 1984 through 1988. Of the 1,839 vets examined in the original study, 1,450 participated in at least one phase of the new study conducted from July 2012 to May 2013.
The findingsrevealed that current PTSD diagnoses vary by definition, but overall an estimated 271,000 Vietnam veterans presently live with full PTSD, and a third of them currently have major depressive disorder.
Additional findings indicate that about 16 percent of war-zone Vietnam veterans reported a rise of more than 20 points on a PTSD symptom scale and 7.6 percent reported a fall of the same size on the scale. This indicates that more than twice as many veterans are deteriorating compared to those improving.
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