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Rep. Moulton, Combat Veteran, Goes Public With PTSD Struggle

Jun 03, 2019 10:10PM ● By Bill Gilman
Through the early part of his candidacy for president, Congressman Seth Molton, D-MA6, has downplayed his military service. That all changed this weekend, when the decorated Marine combat veteran went public with his battle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
In a Twitter post and then in an interview on CNN with Jim Acosta, Moulton said he was going using his status as a presidential candidate to try and remove the stigma associated with PTSD.
Because it remains under-reported, exact numbers of veterans who deal with the varying symptoms of PTSD is unknown. However, according to the Veterans Administration, it is estimated that between 11 and 20 percent of those veterans on active duty during the War on Terror since 9/11 have PTSD. The number has been estimated at 12 percent for those who served in the first Gulf War.
That puts the number of patients in the 10s of thousands since 1991.
Symptoms of PTSD can include, but are not limited to, depression, anxiety, bouts of anger, mood swings, insomnia, flashbacks and hallucinations. It has been identified as a contributing factor to higher than average rates of drug abuse, alcoholism, divorce and suicide among veterans.
Below, you can see the video Post from Moulton's Twitter account, as well as his interview on CNN.

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