Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
A person with PTSD will often relive the traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks, and have feelings of isolation, irritability and guilt. The symptoms are often severe and persistent enough to have a significant impact on the persons day-to-day life.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is an anxiety disorder caused by
very stressful, frightening or distressing events. PTSD can develop immediately after someone experiences a disturbing event or it can occur weeks, months or even as late as 15 years later.
A total of 94 members of the armed forces were newly registered as suffering the disorder between July and September last year, nearly four times the 25 diagnoses recorded in the same period in 2008.
There were 305 new cases of PTSD among UK troops in the 12 months to September 2012, double the 153 logged in 2007 to 2008, according to statistics released by the Defence Analytical Services and Advice. Rates of mental disorders were found to be significantly higher in personnel who had served in Iraq or
Afghanistan. Women, soldiers, RAF personnel and non-officer ranks were also more likely to suffer mental health problems.
The Adelaide House project was prompted by a recognition of the moral obligation the nation has to members of the armed services and their families. It brings together public and private resources to the ongoing and increasing need for rehabilitation services.
The tranquil environment of Adelaide House will provide a safe space for people to work at a pace that is suitable for their own recovery journey. The house and nature of the support will
provide a neutral environment which will ensure that those
veterans taking part will have increased opportunities to enable them to enjoy a more independent future.