A research done by RAND Corporation concludes that at least 20% of the veterans who returned home since 2008 have PTSD and/or depression. Although PTSD is considered to be a symbolic injury of the war in the Middle East, it also escalated due to the war in Vietnam in the past, and due to lack of awareness it remains miscalculated.

As it stands, the two shootings observed at Baton Rouge and Dallas have a high likelihood of having their basis in PTSD. Both of the assailants were ex-veterans. Both of the men had gotten rather aggressive over a social evil, and thus had a place to brutally vent out the stress that clouded their judgement.

PTSD is defined as a “mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event”. PTSD is usually accompanied by sessions of rage, among others, in veterans returning from the Middle East.

PTSD as a disease is messy to diagnose because of its psychological rather than physiological roots. Doctors do not have a gadget that lets them diagnose whether a patient is suffering from PTSD or not, there is no clear threshold level which we could observe and use to demarcate PTSD from non-PTSD.

If currently PTSD is hard to diagnose, then it is equally tough to treat. The fact that only 50% of the patients seek professional help is worsened by only 50% chances of successfully curing ailment. Reason being there is no single scientifically validated method for dealing with the disease. Medical experts employ various methods which they personally find to work.

We need to devise ways in which maximum number of ex-veterans could rather conveniently, seek for help as the current system is clearly flawed. In addition, we need to come up with an equally efficient and streamlined treatment.