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PTSD can strike those even on the periphery of combat

By Paul Fattig The Mail Tribune

Although U.S. military policy does not officially allow women in combat, many who served in Iraq and Afghanistan experienced battlefield conditions.

Bullets and bombs don’t differentiate between men and women, experts say.

Women in combat are just as vulnerable to PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) as men,” explained psychologist Judith Emerson, associate chief of staff for mental health at the Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics in White City. “PTSD is an anxiety disorder, but it is one of the more treatable disorders.”

Female veterans can experience depression, anxiety and PTSD symptoms, leading to substance abuse and even suicide.

Emerson said a study published in December by the American Psychiatric Association reported 112 veteran suicides in Oregon between 2000 and 2005. Of those, four were women.

“Women come back with different role expectations,” said Emerson, who teaches classes on PTSD. “And people may be less understanding what they are going through.”   Please read the entire story here

February 6, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder | , , | Leave a comment