How PTSD Became a Problem Far Beyond the Battlefield
According to a 1992 study published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress, 94 percent of rape survivors exhibit signs of extreme trauma immediately afterward. And yet, nine months later 47 percent of rape survivors have recovered enough to resume living normal lives. Combat is generally less traumatic than rape but harder to recover from. The reason, strangely, is that the trauma of combat is interwoven with other, positive experiences that become difficult to separate from the harm. “Treating combat veterans is different from treating rape victims, because rape victims don’t have this idea that some aspects of their experience are worth retaining,” says Rachel Yehuda, PhD, a professor of psychiatry and neuroscience and director of traumatic-stress studies at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.
- Rachel Yehuda, PhD, Professor, Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Director, the Traumatic Stress Studies Division, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Director, Mental Health Patient Care Center and PTSD Research Program, the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center in the Bronx