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PTSD in Veterans Triggers Wave of Domestic Violence

War veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are two to three times more likely to inflict violence against their intimate partners, spouses, or families in general, according to research from the Veterans Association. While there is no excuse for battering a loved one, PTSD is a serious injury that many believe has increased in frequency among American servicemen and women due to multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

And along with the increase in PTSD among returning veterans, so too has the frequency of domestic violence, according to an article published by Associated Content citing the VA research.

PTSD is a clinically identifiable and treatable psychological injury. According to information provided by the VA, a batterer with PTSD can potentially be rehabilitated through therapy and/or medication. If the battering continues after treatment, then an abused partner or family member may want to contact an Illinois family lawyer.

How is post traumatic stress disorder identified? According to information posted on the Mayo Clinic web site, symptoms of PTSD include, but are not limited to the following: flashbacks, nightmares, feeling emotionally numb, hopelessness, memory problems, irritability, anger, overwhelming guilt or shame and trouble sleeping.

About 15 percent of servicemen and women returning from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have self-reported PTSD, according to an entry on the blog PTSD: A Soldier's Perspective. However, a recent Stanford study suggests that 35 percent of returning Iraq War veterans have PTSD.

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