The trauma that remains

The American Prospect
by Kay Steiger

05/21/07

Suppose that a soldier, freshly home from Iraq, is made to take a test. He or she is asked to describe the following statements as true or false: I usually feel that life is worthwhile. False. Sometimes I feel as if I must injure myself or someone else. True. Most of the time, I wish I were dead. True. This soldier is at risk for suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Symptoms can include flashbacks or nightmares, lack of sleep, panic, and violent or explosive outbursts. Right now such testing is not in place. The House Committee on Veterans Affairs met last week to discuss options for dealing with the potential problems with returning soldiers and PTSD...

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