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When people think of mental illness in the military it is unsurprising that many of them think of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), formerly known as shell shock. Whilst this may not be the most commonly occurring condition in those who have served, it’s the one the general public tend to associate with the armed forces. For this reason, we have decided to publish this stand- alone brochure focusing on PTSD in the military, which can be read independently, or in conjunction with our brochure on mental health in the armed forces. Inevitably, there will be some overlap between these two publications.
This brochure will briefly outline the basics surrounding PTSD and the military, as well as providing some statistics on how prevalent PTSD is. It is important to keep in mind that PTSD does also affect people who are not in the armed forces, and that many people who serve will never experience symptoms of PTSD. However, as there is an increased risk for those in the armed forces, it is important to have informative resources available.