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The National Vietnam Veterans’ Readjustment Study (NVVRS) was conducted in response to a congressional mandate for an investigation of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Major Findings from the National Vietnam Veterans’ Readjustment Study
The NVVRS revealed that a substantial minority of Vietnam Veterans were suffering from a variety of psychological problems and experiencing a wide range of life-adjustment problems (e.g., marital problems, work difficulties). Unfortunately, only a small number of these Veterans actually sought treatment from mental health providers.
What is the prevalence of PTSD?
According to this study an estimated 15.2% of male and 8.5% of female Vietnam theater Veterans met criteria for current PTSD. Those with high levels of war-zone exposure had significantly higher rates, with 35.8% of men and 17.5% of women meeting criteria for current PTSD.
What other psychological disorders are common among Vietnam Veterans?
Vietnam Veterans also struggle with a number of psychological disorders other than PTSD. The most commonly reported disorders vary slightly between male and female Veterans. However, depression, anxiety, and alcohol problems are typically the most prevalent across groups.
Source: VA’s National Center for PTSD
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