PTSD Across The Pond

Dec 4 2011 @ 11:47am

A study earlier this year examined why soldiers in the United States experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at a rate of 30 percent, while the British report it at only 4 percent:

U.K. rules prohibit soldiers from spending more than 13 months in combat during a three-year period, and average tours of duty are six months—half the length of American soldiers’. Even more important are programs that send U.K. soldiers for a few days of “third location decompression” on the island of Cyprus before returning them to their home communities. “One to four days of R&R on a Mediterranean island with members of the same fighting unit apparently helps veterans come home with an easier mind…"