Vets with PTSD, Brain Injury Combination Have Poor Outcomes

05 Dec 2014

Veterans who suffer from Post traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder have poor outcomes, compared to those persons who only suffer from one of the conditions.

Those not-very-surprising findings come from new research published in the Journal of Neurotrauma, and found that out of the two, mild traumatic brain injury seems to have a slightly higher risk of ongoing cognitive problems for some patients with an injury.

Statistics show that between 12% and 16% of all Iraq veterans have suffered traumatic brain injury. Between 30% and 17% of these veterans also suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. One third of all veterans overall who suffered from a traumatic brain injury also suffer from symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

In the past, researchers typically focused on traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder as two separate conditions. However, recently, researchers at the University of Kentucky conducted a substantial collaborative study that suggested that veterans who suffer from both the conditions, faced several, more severe cognitive challenges, compared to those who only suffered one of these conditions. Among the study's findings was also that traumatic brain injury is connected to mild, persistent or chronic cognitive challenges for some veterans.

Veterans, who suffer from emotional trauma or mental health conditions after combat can apply for disability benefits. You can apply to the Department Of Veterans Affairs, and file a claim for benefits. However, for most people, navigating the labyrinth of complex laws that make up the Department Of Veterans Affairs’ benefits claims processing system is extremely challenging. Seek help from a California veterans’ disability benefits lawyer while filing a claim.