Sunday, February 7, 2016

More Central Texas Veterans Seeking Help for PTSD

VA stats show increase in number of Central Texas veterans receiving mental health treatment for PTSD
Killeen Daily Herald
Jacob Brooks
Herald staff writer
February 7, 2016

Statistics from the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System show an increasing number of veterans are seeking treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

In five years, the number grew 38 percent to 5,780 at the system’s three Department of Veterans Affairs medical locations in Temple, Waco and Austin.

A similar increase was seen in the overall number of mental health patients, whose afflictions can range from anxiety to depression to severe PTSD.

In 2015, the three VA locations treated 30,336 patients for mental health, up from 22,411, a 35 percent increase in five years.

The numbers were given to the Herald after a request to the VA.

The Temple VA hospital saw the biggest increases: 3,877 PTSD patients last year, compared to 2,485 in 2010. In 2015, the hospital had 15,827 mental health patients, up from 11,853 in 2010, according to the VA.
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