Reasons for not seeking treatment for PTSD after combat

People in the military have many reasons for not seeking treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The reasons can change from person to person and from war to war.

Listed below are some reasons given by 6,153 personnel who served in Afghanistan and Iraq. They were asked to agree or disagree with each reason. The percentage who said they agreed or strongly agreed with a reason is given in the right-hand column. Percentages are approximate.

Chart describing reasons for not seeking treatment for PTSD

Source: Hoge CW, et al. (2004). Combat duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, mental health problems, and barriers to care. New England Journal of Medicine, 351(1): 13–22.

Last Updated: January 21, 2009

Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Jessica Hamblen, PhD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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