Study may change how science views PTSD

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A new study may change the way the scientific community thinks about PTSD.

New research is turning current understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on its head.

A surprising new study indicates that PTSD can suddenly spike five years after a person leaves the battlefield, even when PTSD levels had declined to normal, according to a Reuters report.

It’s an indication that soldiers may need to be screened for PTSD long after getting back from a deployment, as the disorder can lie dormant for a while before suddenly reemerging.

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  1. The “Delayed Expression” on PTSD (refer p.246 of DSM-V) is nothing new. It was previously referred to a as “Delayed Onset) in DSM-IV and previous editions, I found it well documented in the late 1970s when researching for a thesis. In the USA, Korean and Vietnam Vets were experiencing it long after discharge, in many cases staying in the services helped ameliorate it, but after separation delayed onset is not uncommon at all and the studies from the Korean Vets suggests a decade + is not unusual. So in the Australian context it becomes a problem for Vet Affairs, RSL, Standtall, Mates4Mates etc. Its a bit new to the Dutch since their Afghanistan deployment is 2005/08 is really their first war experience since WW2 . The notion of not much out there for non-war PTSD sufferers is spot on.

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