Examining PTSD In The Gem State


By Rachel Holt

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV )

Post traumatic stress disorder is receiving national attention again, after a deadly shooting at Fort Hood on April 2nd claimed innocent lives.

A gunman who killed three people before turning the gun on himself at Fort Hood was being treated for mental problems.

Col. Tim Marsano with the Idaho National Guard notes this incident hit close to home.

Marsano notes, "We had 16 of our own soldiers at Fort Hood and they went into lockdown and fortunately they are safe and sound."
Sergeant Amy Brice of the Idaho National Guard did two tours of duty in Iraq.

Upon returning to the United States, she received a purple heart.
But she also experienced symptoms of PTSD.

Brice notes, "It's like missing a year of your life, sometimes more. It's a little harder to go from the military to civilian...When I first came back it was hard to get the doctors to believe me and help me and understand me."

However, both Brice and Marsano acknowledge that the issue is being taken more seriously in recent years.

Marsano notes, "PTSD is very serious. We've seen about 5000 members in the Idaho army and Air National Guard in harm’s way.
Some do come back with PTSD. We have a full time residential director of psychological help to provide them with help confidentially."

Brice adds, "Other soldiers need to stand by with other soldiers. I've noticed the national guard is doing that a lot more which is a plus, which is why I'm getting more help down the road... They're realizing this is the invisible injury of the war and they need to pay attention to it."

An invisible injury with far too often deadly consequences.

For more information, visit http://www.helpguide.org/mental/post_traumatic_stress_disorder_symptoms_treatment.htm

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