VN vet study reaffirms PTSD is chronic

Latest print issue of VVA Veteran has results of the Vietnam Veterans Longitudinal Study of 2014, a followup to the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study of 1986. Both were funded by the VA.

The new study confirms the 1986 findings in that a majority of “Vietnam theater veterans,” presumably meaning those who served in-country “are mentally and physically healthy four or more decades after their warzone service.” Their average age is now 67 years old.

But “a significant number [about 14 percent] are suffering from persistent and chronic PTSD symptoms related to their experiences in the war.” And their rates of depression are “more than fifty times greater” than those who do not have PTSD. The PTSD also appears to be episodic, waxing and waning on its own cycle.

The study and its results are expected to be useful in anticipating the long-term needs of veterans of more recent campaigns, including Iraq and Afghanistan.

Via VVA Veteran.

2 responses to “VN vet study reaffirms PTSD is chronic

  1. I guess somebody thought already to check what unites the PTSD sufferers, having in view to avoid recruitment in the future. Of course, if there is some common denominator.

  2. Updating this comment, I see you mean identifying the susceptible so as not to send them to war. No, I’ve never seen any such identifier reported. I would think it would depend on the intensity of the experience, as well as its duration.

    The common denominator with PTSD is an inability to function in the everyday world. I used to wonder if my persistent nightmares, which have waxed and waned over the decades, were a sign of PTSD, but docs at the local VA clinic assured me the malady goes a lot deeper and broader than that.