Tuesday, 26 November 2013

PTSD and the German Review

I've sometimes come to appreciate the methods and analysis of Germans.  When they sit down to study a problem....they go to an intense level, and ask questions that would normally never get brought up on a problem.  It's like having Einstein sit down and be told to study the US postal system, and eventually come to say that there's no reason to have delivery more than two or three times a week....it's wasted man-hours and money.

Well....the smart guys at Dresden's University of Technology sat down and conducted a rather unusual subject....soldiers and PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). They went at the problem from a totally different view.

They came to this odd conclusion, which will trigger a vast new survey among American medical experts and the US Army.

Basically.....they found that twenty percent of German military members....were affected by depression and PTSD-related disorders....before they even went on duty.  When these guys were in high school or working at some shop.....they already displayed issues which would amount to PTSD, but it was never diagnosed or recognized.

Statistically, this lead them the group having issues....four to six times is the quote from the university study.....of guys with developing mental health issues and requiring some kind of help.

So you start to ponder upon this WW II, Vietnam, the Gulf war, the Iraq war, and the Afghanistan war.....and our present issue of PTSD among US military personnel.  You had guys who went off....accepted the stress and woes of conflict, and return with minimal issues.  They were likely the eighty-percent group.  The PTSD crowd?  The twenty-percent crew.

I kinda think that the Dresden folks have opened up a Pandora's Box of sorts.

Do you bring a kid in at the recruiting station and present a four-hour test, then determine that you can't enter the Marines....mostly because you are predetermined to have PTSD?  And if you tell that kid "no"....he returns home, what happens to him then?  As he advances at the brewery, or the tire shop.....will he react someday and have a PTSD episode....unrelated to combat....and suddenly have a "fit" of sorts?

Does a HR branch of a company start to have a two-hour test for incoming employees and determine some gal can't be offered a job because of her pre-determined stress levels relating to PTSD, where she never spent a day within the military?

Are we even looking correctly at PTSD as being a military-related stress?  Could life stress fit just as well?  Could some lose at a football game, or a relative dying from cancer, or some house fire....trigger personal PTSD?

The Dresden guys might have a five-star topic of investigation on their hands....worthy of a Nobel Prize or something.

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