There have been a total of 180,000 British troops who have been involved in battle in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2003. During their time at battle, most of these veterans observe horrific situations that most of us would find completely unimaginable.
A survey recently conducted by ComRes on 1,006 GP’s across the UK, discovered that a mere 42% are aware of the guidelines on how to deal with post-traumatic stress, and a staggering 40% are completely unfamiliar with it. This condition is brought about by the effects of being on the front line of battle, and if not dealt with at its earliest stages, can lead to all manner of other problems, such as depression and alcoholism.
The veterans mental health charity, Combat Stress, commissioned ComRes to undertake this survey in July 2011, to try and ensure that veterans are cared for properly as they return to the UK. A total of 80% of veterans who went to Combat Stress for help, had not been given any assistance from GP’s, and were self referring to the charity.
The guidelines on post-traumatic stress are there for medics to know how to deal with veterans with the illness, and to try and improve the situation for these people. If GP’s are not clued up on this, it could have catastrophic effects for veterans, as they settle into a life away from battle.
If you are worried about stress and want to find ways to deal with it, you may want to look into hypnotherapy. To find out more about how it could help you, please visit our fact sheet for further information.