20 January 2015 - Doctors learned a great deal about post-traumatic stress disorder in the years following the Vietnam War.
Terence M. Keane, Ph.D., director of the Behavioral Science Division of the Veterans Affairs Department's National Center for PTSD in Boston, last week called the decades-long advances in diagnosis and treatment "stunning."
But Keane believes it was the 9/11 attacks -- which shook America far beyond the attack locations in New York; Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania -- that brought PTSD home to the country as a whole.
"Now everyone understood the issues of trauma, issues of war -- there was no question," Keane told Military.com. "And people knew more about PTSD after 9/11 within a week. That was a major change in this country."
"I think it contributed to the recognition on part of our population that if we send people to fight, we give them whatever support they need" when they come home, he said. read more>>>