Dec 1: More than Two Thirds of Americans Unaware of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD

Army Times

December 1, 2008 – In a survey conducted Oct. 24-27, most of the 1,008 respondents said they had never even heard of the acronym PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder. 

Of the respondents, 9% answered “Yes, I have heard of it but am not sure what it stands for.”

24% said “yes, I have heard of it and know what it stands for,” and a whopping 68% of respondents stated “no, I have never heard of it.”

* Veterans for Common Sense note: We need your help to get the word out that PTSD is real, that one-in-five (or more) of our Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans may return home with PTSD, that it is OK for veterans to seek care for PTSD, and that DoD and VA need to hire more doctors to meet the tidal wave of demand for PTSD treatment and recovery.

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