Combat stress: The war within

  1. Almost two out of every 10 U.S. troops who have faced combat in Iraq may return with serious symptoms of depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder, according to an unprecedented study.

    Sgt. Danny Facto of the Army's 10th Mountain Division suffered those invisible scars of war.

    After seeing comrades killed, the 24-year-old infantryman experienced troubling emotional and mental changes.

    "You're just always intense. You're always super serious and you lose your temper over little things and you're not the same person who deployed," Facto said.
    The first-ever wartime study of the mental health of combat troops appears in Thursday's edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. Previous studies of war veterans have been conducted years after combat ended.

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  3. by   leslie :-D
    i'm rather surprised at this article....i thought it was well documented about vietnam vets suffering ptsd....anyway, no surprises here. i would think being directly involved in the horrors of war would create life long scars.