PTSD Depression During A Depression

September 13, 2011

An article in the Huffington Post caught my eye this week. September 13, 2011 Addressing Mental Health During The Economic Downturn by Mychal Smith.  This article further flushed out my concerns about the PTSD victim coming home after leaving the service with few jobs available.

Since PTSD suicides are already a huge concern of mine with now 18 suicides a day listed by the Military, I was interested to see some comparisons which have occurred in our own history.  This article talks specifically with everyday Americans who are faced with the unemployment prospects. 

Before the Stock Market Crash that led to the Great Depression the suicide rate was 18.1 per cent per 100,000 people.  Immediately after the crash the statistic rose to 22.1 per 100,000.  The unemployment rate rose to 25% which hopefully we will not experience but you can easily see that the suicide rate and the climate of the times can be directly liked.

Now PTSD will be added to this toxic mix, along with additional alcohol and substance abuse.  I believe that we, as a Country, need to stop the bickering and partisan politics and get to work on creating jobs before we have a National calamity that would be a National shame.

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