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PTSD still may carry stigma PDF Print E-mail

About 60 percent of men and 50 percent of women in the United States will experience at least one traumatic event in their lives. Of those, about 8 percent of the men and 20 percent of the women will develop post-traumatic stress disorder.

And the rates are higher for people who experience specific types of trauma such as combat or sexual assault, according to the National Center for PTSD.

It's estimated that about 25 percent of combat veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars develop PTSD, Dr. Robert Bischoff said.

He is the chief of behavioral health at Munson Army Health Center at Fort Leavenworth. He also serves as the director of psychological health for the fort's garrison.

For some soldiers suffering from PTSD, there is a feeling they should be able to drive on. But they tend to drive on until they crash and burn, Bischoff said.

"There's a huge stigma, I think particularly in the military population, about seeking help," said Dr. Chalisa D. Gadt-Johnson.

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