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  1. Depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (aka PTSD, an anxiety disorder that follows experiencing a traumatic event) are the most common mental health problems faced by returning troops.
  2. The most common symptoms of PTSD include: difficulty concentrating, lack of interest/apathy, feelings of detachment, loss of appetite, hypervigilance, exaggerated startle response, and sleep disturbances (lack of sleep, oversleeping.
  3. Post-traumatic stress disorder is diagnosed after several weeks of continued symptoms.
  4. In about 11 to 20% of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars (Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom) have been diagnosed with PTSD. Create a support board so your friends can show leave messages of encouragement for troops suffering from PTSD and other illnesses. Sign up for Support Board.
  5. 30% of soldiers develop mental problems within 3 to 4 months of being home.

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  1. 55% of women and 38% of men report being victim to sexual harassment while serving in the military
  2. Because there are more men than women in the military, more than half of all veterans experiencing military sexual trauma (MST) are men.
  3. An estimated 20% of returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans turn to heavy drinking or drugs once they return to the US.
  4. Between 10 and 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Possible consequences of this internal injury include anger, suicidal thoughts, and changes in personality.
  5. In 2010, an average of 22 veterans committed suicide every day. The group with the highest number of suicides was men ages 50 to 59.
  6. Some groups of people, including African-Americans and Hispanics, may be more likely than whites to develop PTSD.

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    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder." Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. http://iava.org/content/post-traumatic-stress-disorder (accessed July 20, 2014).

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    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder." Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. http://iava.org/content/post-traumatic-stress-disorder (accessed July 20, 2014).

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    "PTSD: National Center for PTSD." How Common is PTSD? -. http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/PTSD-overview/basics/how-common-is-ptsd.asp (accessed July 21, 2014).

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    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder." Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. http://iava.org/content/post-traumatic-stress-disorder (accessed July 20, 2014).

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    "PTSD: National Center for PTSD." How Common is PTSD? -. http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/PTSD-overview/basics/how-common-is-ptsd.asp (accessed July 21, 2014).

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    "PTSD: National Center for PTSD." How Common is PTSD? -. http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/PTSD-overview/basics/how-common-is-ptsd.asp (accessed July 21, 2014).

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    "How the Military Stumbled in Treating Substance Abuse." Veterans Healing Initiative. http://www.vetshealing.org/blog/bingham/how-military-stumbled-treating-substance-abuse (accessed July 22, 2014).

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    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder." Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. http://iava.org/content/post-traumatic-stress-disorder (accessed July 20, 2014).

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    "Suicide Data Report 2012." Department of Veterans Affairs. http://www.va.gov/opa/docs/suicide-data-report-2012-final.pdf (accessed July 22, 2014).

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    "PTSD: National Center for PTSD." How Common is PTSD? -. http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/PTSD-overview/basics/how-common-is-ptsd.asp (accessed July 21, 2014).

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