Post-traumatic stress disorder rising among British military veterans, study suggests


Nearly one in three veterans who saw combat roles in Iraq or Afghanistan is suffering from a mental health disorder, a study has found.

New research from King’s College London also discovered that nearly one in five showed symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The new figures come from surveys carried out with members of the armed forces between 2014 and 2016.  

Among all current and ex-serving military personnel, including those who had non-combat roles, the overall rate of PTSD was found to have risen to six per cent, from four per cent in 2004-2006 and mental health disorders from 20 per cent to 22 per cent.

Senior author Professor Sir Simon Wessely, Regius Professor of Psychiatry…

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