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From WWI to Afghanistan: How treatment and understanding of PTSD are evolving

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Elliott Plack
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According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, approximately 13.8 % of soldiers returning from war in Iraq and Afghanistan currently have PTSD.

For more than a hundred years, medical practitioners have been trying to figure out post-traumatic stress disorder.

Assistant Professor of Practice Marisa Brandt and Associate Professor of Philosophy Robyn Bluhm, from Michigan State University, recently published an article in The Conversation which tells the story of the invisible trauma caused by war and the sometimes barbaric treatments doctors used on soldiers returning home with PTSD.

They sat down to tell Stateside how the medical community needs to expand its thinking on how to treat the disorder, as different approaches help different patients. 

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