Veterans “Abuse Drugs, Alcohol and Think About Suicide”

 – February 12, 2015  –– 

It is not known whether Stress Disorder Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects Hispanic veterans differently than non-Hispanic whites or black veterans. What is known is that this disease, characterized by great anxiety developed after a traumatic event, afflicts military differently than other patients who have been victims of a violation, accident or natural disaster. Rachel Yehuda, PhD, director of the Division of Traumatic Stress Studies in the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, says that PTSD affects about 30% of veterans who have been in active combat. She says, "Just the fact of being displaced, being away and in another environment, can really affect them. The stress of being deployed in a combat zone may even disturb them before they have been exposed to an incident that threatened their lives."

- Rachel Yehuda, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience and Director of the Traumatic Stress Studies Division at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Director, Mental Health Patient Care Center and PTSD Research Program at the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center in the Bronx

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