A total of 94 members of the armed forces were newly registered as suffering the disorder between July and September last year, nearly four times the 25 diagnoses recorded in the same period in 2008.
There were 305 new cases of PTSD among UK troops in the 12 months to September last year, double the 153 logged in 2007 to 2008, according to statistics released by the Defence Analytical Services and Advice.
Rates of mental disorders were found to be significantly higher in personnel who had served in Iraq or Afghanistan. Women, soldiers, RAF personnel and non-officer ranks were also more likely to suffer mental health problems.
PTSD is an anxiety disorder caused by stressful or frightening events. Its symptoms include flashbacks and insomnia, and it can develop many years on.
A spokesman for Combat Stress, a mental health charity for military veterans, told The Sun: "The nation is facing huge numbers of soldiers who will need help overcoming things they've experienced serving their country."
(Sam Marsden, Daily Telegraph).
Others who can develop PTSD are; members of the emergency services; victims of domestic violence, child abuse and bullying; people who have been involved in accidents, natural disasters or acts of terrorism or who have a terminal illness.
However, PTSD is a treatable disorder. The use of good medication along with therapies like Solution Focused hypnotherapy, relaxation techniques and group support can be used either on their own or in conjunction with one another as a combined approach that can prove life changing. These techniques can help to readdress the survivor’s situation in a safe and supportive environment. Don’t suffer in silence.