Minor brain injuries suffered by soldiers during combat, which are likely to go undetected in many cases, may play a part in the onset of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) amongst military personnel and veterans.
A recent study assessing war veterans’ combat experience and development of PTSD demonstrates a strong correlation between suffering a minor head injury and displaying symptoms of PTSD.
Until now PTSD had long been thought to stem from stress and anxiety suffered as a result of experiencing a traumatic event. However, this study indicates that the physical impact of a bomb blast or vehicle accident may play just as an important role.
Jeffrey Bazarian, lead author of the study, said: “Most people believe that, to a large extent, chronic stress from intense combat experiences triggers PTSD. Our study adds more information by suggesting that a physical force such as exposure to a bomb blast also may play a role in the genesis of the syndrome.”
Interestingly, the study also found that subtle brain trauma can occur without the loss of consciousness or amnesia usually associated with mild brain injury. This suggests many veterans may have suffered mild brain trauma and be at greater risk of suffering from post-traumatic stress without realising it.
Jason Brady is Holmes & Hills Solicitors specialist post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) compensation solicitor. Jason advises current and ex serving military personnel on military linked PTSD claims as well as members of the civilian population. Call Jason today on 01376 529299 for free initial advice.