Cost of PTSD

July 24, 2011

The government is expected to treat 20%-30% of our returning service people for PTSD symptoms.  The estimates for this lifetime treatment on say a minimum of 300,000 troops will be $600 Billion dollars.  This cost does not include the costs to spouses and children who are ancillary casualties. 

Many returning troops are reluctant to seek help because they want to get home to their families and even though they may already be suffering symptoms of PTSD, they may not report it for months if not years later.  Some are reluctant to report it at all.  They are ashamed that they can not cope on their own problems and refuse to ask for help.  The 30% may be a conservative figure since 42% of reserve personnel have received a PTSD evaluation.

Avoiding contact with others, withdrawal, emotional numbness, memory gaps, insomnia, hypersensitivity, anger outbursts, nightmares, flashbacks are all symptoms of PTSD.  Those suffering from these symptoms need to seek help.  Those who are intimately involved with these people need to step up and urge care. This is not the time to enable silence. Silence, in this case, is not golden but might be deadly.