Researchers in Boston recently found evidence that soldiers exposed to a serious bomb blast have an increased risk for degenerative brain disease later on as they make the transition to veteran life. Now, researchers from the University of Rochester in New York are taking that information a step further and are looking at how even a light head injury, such as a mild concussion, could predispose soldiers to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to Stars and Stripes.
Brain scans of 52 combat veterans were analyzed to search for the type of neuronal damage that results from a concussion. Those veterans with more severe damage also had more disabling cases of PTSD. When the nature of their head injuries was discussed, even the veterans with minor head injuries and no visible concussion or mental impairments had a higher risk of PTSD.
These new findings are prompting mental health professionals and neurologists to develop better evaluation and treatment methods for use in the field. The lab tests used to discover the neuron damage is impractical for combat zone use, meaning doctors will need to focus on developing simpler diagnostic tools to help decrease the time a soldier waits before proper head injury treatment.
Many recent veterans’ disability claims have involved disability ratings for mental impairments caused by head trauma. The degree of severity of mental disorders, such as PTSD, is the key to obtaining the full veterans’ disability benefit pay you are entitled to.
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