PTSD victims can be community assets



Post-traumatic stress disorder is a problem in any community containing warriors or old soldiers — and also very young soldiers just out of Afghanistan and Iraq. If these young warriors learn to cope with their symptoms, they are no trouble to the community nor to themselves. Women may be affected as much and as often as men. Dogs, too, have symptoms.

If PTSD sufferers do not learn to cope with their symptoms — as all older PTSD sufferers must have done, since suicide is a common symptom — they can indeed be a danger to themselves. A local case involved an Iraqi vet father w...

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