Veterans Attorney Warns of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Link to Physical Illness
Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 15, 2010 - A joint study conducted by the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs and Stanford University found that veterans with a mental health condition – especially post traumatic stress disorder – tend to suffer from physical ailments, as well.
The study, conducted on the newest generation of veterans enrolled with the VA, is no surprise to researchers, who have known for years that there is a strong link between mental wellbeing and physical wellbeing.
“We need to ensure that veterans receive ample physical and emotional care,” said James G. Fausone, a veterans lawyer who works for Legal Help For Veterans, PLLC. “The VA has been treating mental and physical injuries for a long time, but it needs to understand the link between the two when caring for veterans.”
The records of more than 90,000 Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans who used VA outpatient care in fiscal year 2006-2007 were involved in the study, the majority of whom had a diagnosed mental condition.
The study found that the link between PTSD and physical injuries was stronger among women than men. Women with PTSD had a median of seven medical conditions, while men had a median of five. Women without a mental health condition had a median of 4.5 medical conditions, while men without a mental health condition had four.
“Post traumatic stress disorder is a very serious problem that veterans need to be aware of and the VA needs to examine,” Fausone said. “This study did not find that PTSD causes physical conditions or vice versa, but it did find that there is a link between the two. All veterans who suffered from minor to major physical injuries should be carefully screened for PTSD and treated appropriately.”
Susan Frayne, MD, MPH, with the VA Palo Alto Health Care System and Stanford University and the lead author of the study, suggested what the findings could mean.
She said that PTSD could increase the risk of medical conditions. “One way this could happen is that PTSD can cause changes in the neuroendocrine system in the body, which might affect other biological processes,” she said in a VA article.
She said another possibility is that “PTSD itself does not cause medical conditions, but that whatever caused the PTSD also simultaneously caused the medical condition.” A roadside bomb that injures a solider, for example, could simultaneously cause PTSD and a medical condition.
Legal Help for Veterans, PLLC
41700 West Six Mile Road, Suite 101
Northville, MI 48168
Toll Free Phone: 800.693.4800
- House approves bill to fast-track firing of VA employees
The House recently passed a bill that would make it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to fire problem workers for misconduct or poor performance. Unlike past VA accountability legislation, the latest proposal would fast-track discipline against all department employees, especially senior executives. House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Florida, introduced the […]
- VA Inpatient Psychiatric Hospitals Failing to Meet Quality Measures
A recent study by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has revealed more problems with the way hospitals run by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs are operating. This study looked at how well the VA, for-profit and non-profit hospitals, perform on quality measures for inpatient psychiatric care or Hospital-Based Inpatient Psychiatric […]
- VA watchdog uncovers errors in benefit payments to housebound veterans
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) watchdog revealed the agency withheld nearly $110 million in benefit payments from thousands of housebound veterans. The VA’s Office of Inspector General released the new findings after reviewing the VA’s benefits program for disabled veterans who are unable to leave home without assistance due to injury or illness. As […]
See other news sources publishing this article. BETA | Tags: attorney for veterans, lawyer for veterans, Post traumatic stress disorder, PTSD, veteran attorney, veteran attorneys, veteran benefits attorney, veteran disability lawyer, veterans attorney, Veterans disability attorney