New research from the King’s Centre for Military Health Research, part of King’s College London, has revealed that for the first time the rate of PTSD is higher among veterans than the general public…

The results, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, estimates the rate of PTSD among UK veterans of all conflicts to be 7.4%. The rate of PTSD among the public is 4%. The rate of PTSD is even higher for veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Among those who’d deployed to the conflicts, the rate of PTSD was 9%. For veterans who deployed to those war zones in a combat role, 17% reported symptoms of PTSD and 30% were predicted to develop a mental health condition.

Dr Walter Busuttil, Medical Director at Combat Stress, said: “We’re not at all surprised by the findings of this research as it reflects what we see at Combat Stress. Of the veterans we treat, 92% have two or more mental health conditions and almost 80% have served in a combat role.

“In the last decade, the number of veterans seeking help from our charity, particularly from those who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, has increased by 97% with more than 2,000 new veterans now coming to us each year. Our Forces play a critical role in securing the safety of our society and, for those who develop trauma-related mental health problems, we believe they deserve the best possible help.

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