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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder revealed; the long-lasting injury

In Maryland, a work-related injury probably means that you'll receive workers' compensation to help you get the care you need. But what about work-related injuries that are less visible than physical ailments? Some may claim that they don't exist at all or that an illness is "all in your head." Well, mental illnesses are sometimes work related. According to the news from Nov. 11, one in five veterans is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, and the impact can be life-altering.

According to the news, there are a number of things you should look out for to see if someone has suffered from post-traumatic stress. Things like re-experiencing, avoidance, negative thoughts or depression, or hyper vigilance can all be major symptoms. Additionally, unlike many people think, PTSD is not an "all or nothing" deal. Symptoms can be mild or severe, and in some people, that could mean that it seems like it isn't there. The problem is that many veterans have problems in the workplace, according to the news, and violence tends to be a serious problem.

People suffering from PTSD deserve to be treated for it, and part of that treatment is changing the misconceptions about the disease. According to the news, treatment does involve reintegration, along with debunking myths about the disease, and this makes it easier for those in the military to see how they can fit back into society.

A workplace injury, even those that happen in the military, can result in serious suffering for a person and his or her family. Although mental illness is not always covered by workers' compensation, there should be help for it. If you've suffered mental illness, trauma or injuries due to your time in the service or at any other job, you may have a right to seek compensation that you can use to get the treatment and care you need.

The Tampa Tribune, "The facts and myths about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder" Harry Croft and Sydney Savion, Nov. 11, 2013

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