Going through a trauma is one of the worst things that can happen to someone, with effects stemming out over the course of lifetimes if left untreated. And according to a study led by researchers from the Brown University School of Public Health, there is very little PTSD treatment available to non-veterans.
- Untreated PTSD only gets worse with time
- Only half of those who seek help receive even minimally helpful treatment
- People with PTSD are a lot more likely to become homeless or otherwise ruin their lives
- Approximately 8% of the world’s population suffered from PTSD at one point or another
- Women are about twice as likely as men to develop the disorder
A study led by Dr. Judith Bentkover, professor at the Brown University School of Public Health, focused on the PTSD treatment and resources available for non-veterans, and the findings were very discouraging.
Even though veterans suffering from PTSD have access to the Veterans Health Administration and Defense Department, it’s barely enough to actually make a difference, however the situation has been improving for them in the past two years.
For other sufferers of PTSD, like rape victims, assault victims, and natural disaster survivors, there is barely any documented, accessible and comprehendible help to be had.
The researchers claim that it is unbelievable how difficult it is for somebody suffering from PTSD to actually get in contact with someone who can provide them with the much needed help.
Untreated PTSD is horrible, since it garners effects that can last for a lifetime if untreated.
A large number of psychological and health issues can result from PTSD, including but limited to alcoholism, domestic violence, depression, suicide, and homelessness.
Dr. Judith Bentkover, the lead author of the study is also an economist, and she talked about the economic cost of untreated PTSD.
People suffering from the disorder are far less productive, tend to lose their jobs and live on social services, and they often even end up in jail.
Traumas tend to completely overturn lives, and if the person suffering from it isn’t helped to get over it, they will almost certainly live a very hard, damaged life, and they will often unwillingly propagate the trauma by inflicting it on those around them.
The researchers are trying to raise awareness about the severity of the situation, and they are also trying to get help in order to compile a centralized listing of PTSD providers, treatment and support programs, and specialists.
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