PTSD symptoms help doctors diagnose the condition

By Staff Writer

Many soldiers who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan are coming home with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which occurs after an individual has suffered a large amount of emotional trauma. However, the condition has plagued the armed services for decades during times of war.

Mike Dickinson, a Vietnam veteran, suffers from PTSD as a result of engaging in combat. Since 1967, Dickinson has suffered from vivid nightmares, according to NBC-25. After 40 years of struggling with the condition, Dickinson has finally received a diagnosis and entered treatment.

Robin Fenlon, a clinical social worker, told the news source that many people with PTSD begin to avoid hobbies or people that trigger the symptoms. In Dickinson's case, he avoided hunting and fishing to stay away from guns. However, the symptoms are the biggest indicators of PTSD that help doctors diagnose the condition.

The average age for developing PTSD is 23, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. However, trauma can accelerate this in individuals, such as soldiers. Therapy can help patients manage the condition over time and live healthier lives.